31 Aug '11, 1am

5 patients get HIV-infected organs in Taiwan error - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — One of Taiwan's best regarded hospitals said HIV-infected organs were mistakenly transplanted into five patients after a hospital staffer misheard the donor's test results by telephone. The five are now being treated with anti-AIDS drugs, an official at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei said Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to deal with the media. The hospital said on its website over the weekend the mistake occurred because a transplant staffer believed he heard the English word "non-reactive" on the donor's standard HIV test, while the word "reactive" was actually given. The information on the test result was given over the telephone and was not double-checked, as required by standard procedures, the hospital statement said. "We deeply apologize for the mistake," the hospital said. The He...

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