Taiwan transplant team blamed for HIV positive organ blunder

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6523
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health has blamed the transplant team and a hospital laboratory technician at the National Taiwan University Hospital for the transplantation of organs from an HIV positive donor in August this year. The report does not name any single individual to take the blame.

In a report released on 6 October, the team was excoriated for its failure to follow standard operating procedures. “We have described in detail how this incident happened, analysed the causes of the problem and uncovered some shortcomings. It’s our hope that all the hospitals can …

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