Hospital feeding tube put into the wrong place
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
A tube which was supposed to be put into a patient’s stomach was instead put into a lung.
It happened last month at James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston - and was so serious it was deemed a ‘never event’, or a situation which should never happen.
The incident involved a patient who had a feeding tube inserted to the stomach.
The tube became partially withdrawn by the patient and on re-insertion was incorrectly inserted into the lung.
The mistake was identified by staff, confirmed via x-ray and the tube removed.
A new tube was then re-inserted to the stomach and there was no harm to the patient.
Misplacing the tube can be fatal and the NHS put out an alert over these incidents in 2016.
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Director of Nursing Julia Hunt said: “Clearly, we don’t expect to see any never events at our hospital. However on the rare occasion when one does occur, we take the matter extremely seriously and conduct a thorough investigation to establish if there is any learning that can be taken forward to prevent any future occurrence.”