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Gulu Hospital Nurse Administers Expired IV Fluid On Patient

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The fluid which expired in November last year was administered on a patient, Christine Ayoo Kidgea on Tuesday. Kidgea was suffering from Typhoid.
The Expired Fluid Which Was Being Administered on the Patient
Police in Gulu district are investigating circumstances under which an expired intravenous fluid-IV was administered on a patient at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

The fluid which expired in November last year was administered on a patient, Christine Ayoo Kidgea on Tuesday. Kidgea was suffering from Typhoid.

The expired fluid was discovered by Wilfred Odiya Baguma, the LCIII of Atiak Sub County in Amuru district, who had paid a visit to Kidgea, a resident Dege Divison, Gulu Municipality.

Chrispa Apiyo, a nurse at Gulu Hospital dispensed the Dextrose (Glucose Intravenous Infusion BP 50 gram per liter) through the left vein of the patient. Apiyo told police that she accidentally administered the drug without reading its expiry date. She blamed the mistake on the hospital pharmacist, who disbursed drugs for the night shift.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police Spokesperson, says they are interested in finding out circumstances under which the expired fluid was administered to the patient.

He said they will also probe into how many expired drugs are in Gulu Hospital. 

On Tuesday night, Ronald Were, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations, Gulu Police Station recorded statement from hospital staff and relatives of Kidgea. The matter is being investigated under reference number SD 70/22/05/2018.

A health worker told URN on condition of anonymity, that there should be no cause of alarm because the expired fluid won't have any effect on the patient unless other drugs had been added to it before administration.

Intravenous fluids are complimentary medicines administered to primarily boost energy and stabilize the patient in cases of dehydration before actual treatment commences. However, some drugs are administered through some intravenous fluid as well.

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