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Patient dies at Middlemore Hospital after machine fault


Patient dies at Middlemore Hospital after machine fault

A faulty machine that jammed during an attempted resuscitation may have contributed to a patient’s death at Middlemore Hospital’s emergency department.

The event was outlined in a Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB) committee report, which said a mechanical fault with an automated dispensing machine, or Pyxis machine, caused a delay in accessing vital medicine.

“The DHB is not entirely sure the machine fault is related to the death, but a full investigation is underway.”

According to the report, the patient had a cardiac arrest before coming into the hospital earlier this year.

The external review is expected to be completed soon.

Counties Manukau Health will notify the manufacturer of the findings of both the internal and external reviews.

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