Poor Ah Ma Tan was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on New Year’s Day morning after blood was found in her urine.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, TTSH administered to her medicine that had expired for over a year and a half!
The expired medicine was only discovered because her son was curious about what was in the packet of transparent liquid. Upon studying the label, he realized that the medicine in the drip had expired inAugust 2014.
Fortunately, 84-year-old Ah Ma had just been transferred to the ward from the A&E Dept and hadn’t been injected with the medicine yet when the glitch was discovered.
Her son alerted the nurse, who apologised and made quickly got her a new drip (not that a little expired medicine would be enough to hurt Ah Ma – she was a tough as nails samsui woman in her younger days, ok!)
Still, her son has expressed concern over how many of such incidents would have occurred if not for vigilant relatives.
It’s standard operating procedure for nurses to check that patients are given the right drug, and the manufacturing and best-by dates of the drugs before administering them to patients.
TTSH has apologised to Ah Ma Tan and her family for the gaffe.
The hospital said that the nurse-in-charge didn’t follow protocol in checking the medicine before giving it to her.