HKL probing death allegedly caused by ventilator failure

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) is investigating an alleged ventilator failure that caused one patient to die and another certified brain dead in two wards.

Hospital director Datin Dr Rohana Johan said any complications in medical treatment that might compromise patient safety would be investigated through the incident reporting system.

"The incident reported in the media on Jan 27 regarding the issue of patients receiving treatment through a ventilator machine is under investigation by the hospital authorities.

"The hospital, in collaboration with the hospital concession company, ensures that medical equipment used for patient care is monitored and maintained according to the schedule to provide quality healthcare services to patients."

Yesterday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said it was investigating reports that one patient had died and another was certified brain dead in two wards at a Klang Valley hospital due to ventilator failure.

According to sources, medical staff had attempted to resuscitate the unconscious patient and discovered that the ventilator had failed.

The sources also claimed that two more cases were linked to ventilator failure.

In one instance, a patient was reportedly revived after the medical team performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, while the condition of the other patient had yet to be confirmed.

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