A surgeon reviewing the University of Toledo Medical Center's kidney tansplant program called the actions of the nurse who accidentally disposed a usable kidney last month "baffling."
According to The Blade, a Texas transplant surgeon hired to review the program did not find any problems with the practices of the hospital. He wrote in his report that the nurse responsible for throwing away the kidney was experienced, but failed to follow proper procedures. He wrote her inability to explain her behavior was "indeed baffling."
Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Health released a 13-page report about the incident, citing inadequate supervision and poor communication as reasons for the botched surgery.
According to the report, one nurse took a lunch break during the operation while the kidney was placed in a "slush machine" to preserve it for donation. When she returned from break, she reportedly did not ask the operating staff what had occured during the surgery and proceeded to carry the slush machine from the room and dispose of the contents, unaware of the organ inside.
UTMC's kidney program was suspended following the incident and the status of the intended kidney recipient was not released.
According to The Blade, the nurse responsible for throwing away the kidney was terminated for violating policy. Another nurse resigned after UTMC suspended her during the investigation.