Saudi finds 13 bags of expired blood in hospital

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More than a dozen bags of two-week expired blood have reportedly been found at King Saud Hospital blood bank in Saudi Arabia.

The Jeddah Health Affairs Department has denied the report that 13 bags of bad blood were discovered in the blood bank refrigerators during and inventory check.

The department’s director, Dr Sami Badawoud said: “Expired blood bags are handled as per international standards and they are collected and disposed of by the medical waste-disposal company by the date of expiry. There are committees implementing expired-blood procedures.

However, local reports say the hospital failed to implement regulations and standards.

If expired blood is transfused to a person it can lead to kidney damage, blood poisoning, or possibly death.

This is the latest embarrassing incident for Saudi hospitals, following the death of a 35-year old Saudi woman who died at Bisha General Hospital in February as a result of allegedly being given the wrong blood during a transfusion.

A child was also killed at Jazan’s King Fahd Central Hospital earlier this year as the result of a contaminated blood transfusion, being given blood from a donor who was HIV positive.

More recently, the head nurse at Al-Qatif Central Hospital was fired by the Eastern Province Health Affairs Director for not maintaining high nursing standards. De Salih Al-Salihi made a surprise visit to the hospital, and was unimpressed with the standards and performance of the nurses.

Other reported incidents include doctors at King Khalid Hospital in Al-Majmaah having to remove sixteen plastic gloves from the stomach of a Down’s syndrome patient who had eaten the objects while being treated at the hospital’s rehabilitation centre, and two doctors and a nurse at Shehar Mental Hospital being investigated for allegedly injecting a female patient with a medicine that damaged her leg’s cells, meaning her leg had to be amputated.

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