China Investigates Anaesthesia-Related Deaths

Chinese health authorities are investigating the deaths of patients at a Fujiang hospital reportedly linked to the use of anaesthetics. Xinhua reports:

Chinese health authoritiesare investigating four anaesthesia-related deaths at a Sanming City hospital in the eastern Province.

The patients had operations for different diseases and died at the No. 2 Hospital of Sanming between Sept. 3 and Oct. 11. Media reports said the victims, three males and a female, had all undergone surgical anaesthesia.

The three males were identified as 26-year-old Feng Guangle, three-year-old Zou Zhengtao and 29-year-old Jiang Chenfeng. The woman was Zhang Chunmei, 44, a hospital spokesman told Xinhua on Tuesday.

South China Morning Post also reports:

The Ministry of Health is conducting wide-ranging investigations into the deaths of at least seven patients from contaminated drugs and possible medical blunders.The news has prompted fresh concerns about the standard of medical services on the mainland.

Four patients have died at the Sanming No2 Hospital in Fujian province since September 3, Xinhua reported yesterday.


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