Two patients with the same name and similar ages were waiting for a kidney transplant at the Lourdes Hospital Transplant Center in Camden, N.J. Last Monday, the hospital performed the procedure on the wrong patient.
"We have a profound responsibility to people who literally place their lives in our hands", said Dr. Reginald Blaber, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Virtua Health.
The incident happened on November 18 at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, N.J. Doctors mistook one potential transplant patient for another because they had the same name and were around the same age, the hospital said in a statement on Tuesday.
The sanatorium knowledgeable the sufferers within the case, and the affected person who used to be assumed to get the kidney were given one 6 days later.
Virtua apologized to the patient who was supposed to receive the kidney, with the medical director and transplant coordinator paying them a personal visit.
Virtua says it voluntarily reported the incident to the New Jersey Health Department.
The 51-year-old affected person used to be at the transplant listing at Virtua Our Woman of Lourdes Sanatorium, however an afternoon after the transplant any individual at the medical staff idea that the affected person "used to be by accident transplanted out of precedence order", in keeping with a press unencumber from the sanatorium.
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital is the only facility in southern New Jersey to provide kidney, liver and pancreas transplants, according to their website.
"This is an unprecedented event in our respected 40-plus-year transplant program", and the hospital immediately took steps to ensure another mistake does not happen again, Blaber said. "And despite the unusual circumstances of similar patient identities, additional verification would have prevented this error". "Recognizing the human component of medicine, we know that taking accountability and talking about issues openly and honestly is how we learn and improve".