Date
10 December 2016
The baby's swollen foot as seen in a Facebook post. Queen Mary Hospital said the medical error was due to  "extravasation". Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
The baby's swollen foot as seen in a Facebook post. Queen Mary Hospital said the medical error was due to "extravasation". Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Queen Mary Hospital blunder leaves baby girl with swollen foot

A 26-month-old baby girl developed a swelling in her right foot after receiving an intravenous injection.

Her parents posted a photo of the swollen foot on Facebook, describing it as three times the normal size, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

They called the police to report the matter.

The police arranged two meetings for the parents with the medical staff of Queen Mary Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said the baby developed fever and vomiting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 26 and was given an intravenous injection of nutrient solution.

The hospital admitted that the medical error was due to infusion “extravasation”.

Extravastion occurs when there is leakage of intravenously infused medication into the extravascular tissue around the site of infusion.

Hospital staff  have since corrected the procedure. The infant is in stable condition.

Pediatrics specialist Dr. Yu Chak-man said that infant’s blood vessels are harder to find. If the infant has poor health, it is possible that the blood vessels will be thinner and extravasation could occur, according to Ming Pao Daily.

He said the nutrient solution could burn the subcutaneous skin.

Hospital staff should first check if there is any extravasation by using saline solution for the injection.

Dr Ellis Hon, a Chinese University of Hong Kong professor said it is possible that the nutrient solution or the medicine could have triggered reactions from the veins’ membrane, causing the extravasation.

Tha baby was admitted to the hospital suffering from an esophageal abnormality.

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