Swedish clinic sterilises wrong patient
David Landes · 30 Jun 2009, 17:55
Published: 30 Jun 2009 17:55 GMT+02:00
According to a complaint filed with the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), a patient came to the clinic on the afternoon of June 22nd to have a biopsy performed on his prostate.
But doctors and nurses at the urology and gynecology clinic neglected to double check the identity of the patient who thought he was leaving a tissue sample.
Instead of carrying out the scheduled biopsy, doctors performed a vasectomy on the man – the procedure scheduled for the day’s next patient.
Officials with the health board will now review the complaint to determine what, if any, sanctions may be issued.