An 80-year-old woman died at Sheba Medical Center
after she was mistakenly infused with blood of an incompatible type,
the Tel Hashomer hospital disclosed on Sunday morning.
administrators immediately informed the Health Ministry, which will set
up its own investigation committee to look into the tragedy.
The woman, from the center of the country, arrived after midnight for emergency vascular surgery aimed at saving her two legs.
But during the operation, "an unfortunate human error occurred"
in which she was given a type of blood not compatible with her own, the
hospital spokesman said.
When the error was realized, efforts were made to
resuscitate the patient for a long period, but they failed, and doctors
had to declare her death.
A statement was given to her family "in the transparency that
characterizes the hospital," the spokesman said. Then the ministry and
the press were notified.
The hospital's own initial
investigation suggested that an anesthesiologist failed to observe the
required procedures. She has been suspended from all work at the
hospital for two weeks.
Sheba expressed its sorrow and condolences to the family.