KMPD Board urges KNH to compensate surgery mix-up patient

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board has urged Kenyatta National Hospital to enter into mediation with the patient involved in the brain surgery mix up early last month.

The Board says KNH should engage Samuel Kimani Wachira with a view of compensating him for mix-up.

The board has ordered the hospital’s management to report to it on the progress of the mediation and resolution within sixty days.

The board which has been investigating the circumstances behind the surgery mix up in a raft of orders and recommendations has also recommended that the hospital employs more nursing staff to increase the ratio of patient.

The surgical mix ups drew the world’s attention to Kenyatta National Hospital, the biggest referral hospital in East and Central Africa, after doctors conducted a critical brain surgery on wrong patient.

The mix-up leading to the suspension of the KNH CEO Lily Koros, doctors and nurses involved.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board took up the investigation after successfully petitioning the KNH board to reverse the suspensions of the medics involved.

The board Chaired by George Magoha has absolved the doctors and medical superintendents from any wrong doing in the surgery mix up instead blaming patient identification procedures for the mix up.

The Board now wants the KNH management to continuously work on the implementation of patient identification Operating standard procedures, to develop a separate dedicated unit for neuro-trauma patients.

It says this will enhance the effectiveness in the treatment and monitoring of the patients and the establishment of a Clinical Governance Structure that meets regularly and complies with the international best practice.

The Board also wants the KNH Board to ensure the hiring of additional nursing staff in order to improve nurse-patient ratios while at the same time ensuring the hiring of additional nursing staff in order to improve nurse-patient ratios.

The recommendations however appear to strongly indict the duty nurse at the neuro-surgery section for the mix up


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