Taiwan: Task Force Head Resigns Over HIV-Positive Organ Transplants
September 2, 2011
The head of Taiwan University Hospital's organ transplant team has resigned in the wake of transplant-related HIV exposures there in recent weeks. Ko Wen-tse, who was responsible for forming and managing TUH's transplant team, took responsibility for the error, which resulted in five patients receiving organs from a deceased donor who had HIV.
TUH transplant team members relied on information from their coordinator, given over a telephone, in which they heard the donor was "non-reactive." HIV test results were usually recorded in English. Without double-checking the test results on a computer database, TUH's transplant team subsequently performed surgeries involving four organ recipients, local media reported. Another organ from the infected donor was used for a surgery at Cheng Kung University, where their transplant team allegedly took the TUH team's word that the donor was non-reactive.
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)