Surgeon uses wrong instrument causing child to die

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This story is another shocking example of hospitals making basic mistakes.
Ryan Senior, aged 16, was due to undergo a routine laparoscopy. The surgeon involved mistakenly used a sharp trocar instead of a blunt one which caused a tear to a major vein. This led to Ryan suffering from an embolism which resulted in cardiac arrest and multiple organ failure. Ryan received 18 pints of blood but never recovered from the incident.

A report commissioned by the hospital records 15 different mistakes made in what should have been a routine and straightforward laparoscopy.

The inquest into Ryan's death has now been opened and adjourned. The doctor involved stated that the packaging for the sharp trocar was similar to the packaging for the blunt one which he should have used. An acceptable excuse? I do not believe so.

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