Three nurses from Kowloon Hospital have had their licenses suspended for a month for professional misconduct.
The suspensions were announced Monday by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK) in relation to a 2011 blunder that caused the death of a patient, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The council found registered nurses Fong Yi and Ng Kwok-man and enrolled nurse Lai Man-oi culpable in the death of Wang Keng-kao after a piece of gauze was left in his tracheotomy tube, blocking air passage.
They have 30 days to appeal.
After the verdict, Lai bowed to apologize to the deceased man’s family.
NCHK chief executive Diana Lee said the council took into account the nurses’ contention that the mistake was unintentional.
It also noted that none of them has a previous record of professional misconduct.
The three argued the mistake stemmed from a misunderstanding over certain nursing procedures.
Their lawyers blamed a “problematic” medical system.
Twelve nurses faced misconduct allegations but nine had their charges dismissed for lack of evidence, the report said.
Brian Wang said he has accepted the nurses’ apology, adding he will leave it to the public to judge whether the verdict was fair to both sides.
He said he is more interested in seeing changes to medical procedures to avoid a repeat of his father’s tragedy.
“The verdict today would be meaningless if the government and the Hospital Authority take no action,” Wang said.
[Chinese version 中文版]
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