Australian Nursing Federation WA secretary Mark Olson calls for HIV testing at Fiona Stanley Hospital | Perth Now

Alleged contamination incidents at Fiona Stanley Hospital include:

● A part missing from a retractor needed to hold back a patient’s abdominal wall during a liver operation. The patient had to stay anaesthetised for an extended period, while nurses tried to locate the missing part. In the end, two different retractors were cobbled together.

● An equipment tray was missing appropriate drill bits, which was not identified until a patient’s jaw surgery was well underway.

● A heart surgery tray came back from sterilisation without appropriate filters, rendering the tray unsterile. The anaesthetised patient stayed on the table longer than necessary while sterile instruments were sought.

● A patient with a broken leg was anaesthetised and on the operating table because the instrument set was found to be missing the screw driver.

● Bone chips were found on drill bits in a plastics surgery tray required to fix broken bones in a patient’s hand. Luckily, it was identified as contaminated before used.

● A patient scheduled for hand surgery had their case delayed for three hours because the instrument sets required were not sterilised from the day before.

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