Hanoi doctors tried for fatal malpractice

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A Hanoi court on Monday placed a doctor under house arrest and issued warnings to two others following the conclusion of a fatal malpractice case, Dan Tri reported.

Tran Thi Xuan Dung, 50, of Thanh Tri General Hospital stood trial along with Nguyen Thi Tuong Van, a 55-year-old doctor of the same hospital, and Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, a 30-year-old technician from the Vietnam Medical Services Joint Stock Company.

Dung will remain under house arrest for 16 months and be banned from practicing medicine for two years. Van and Ha were issued official warnings.

According to the indictment, on October 19, 2009, Nguyen Thi Vinh, a 55-year-old woman, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Two days later, Dung assigned Ha to determine Vinh's blood type.

Ha conducted the test but skipped a step. Her test showed Vinh had AB blood type.

Dung did not properly review Ha's findings and signed a report confirming Vinh's blood type was AB.

One day later, Van reviewed the patient's chart and decided to administer a blood transfusion to Vinh.

After being given a type-AB blood transfusion, Vinh went into shock and was transferred to Bach Mai Hospital, where she died on October 24.

Le Van Hiep, Vinh's husband, then lodged a complaint with Thanh Tri District's police, demanding an investigation into the death.

A test showed Vinh had type-O blood.

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