Report: Nurse Accidentally Disposed Of Donated Kidney During Transplant

TOLEDO, Ohio (September 24, 2012)--A report released Monday says an Ohio nurse who accidentally disposed of a kidney during a transplant didn't realize it was in cold slush she removed from the operating room and took down a hallway to a "dirty utility room."

The report says the nurse said she was on break and didn't hear a surgeon announce that the kidney was in the protective slush during the Aug. 10 transplant at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

The report cited poor communication and oversight and insufficient policies as factors in the disposal of the kidney and says the hospital has since enacted clearer policies about communication and the removal of contents from operating rooms.

The hospital hasn't said what happened to the intended kidney recipient.


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