A surgical swab left inside a patient and a patient who fell
off the operating table were among incidents reported by the
Southern District Health Board in the annual adverse events
report, released yesterday.
There are likely to be more deaths from antibiotic-resistant
superbugs but a ''doomsday'' scenario is unlikely, University
of Otago Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases director Prof
Kurt Krause says.
Official figures showing only 13% of child head and neck
injuries were intentional might reflect inadequate
information recording, a University of Otago academic told
delegates at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand's 65th
annual scientific meeting in Dunedin yesterday.
The former health board chairman sacked by Health Minister
Tony Ryall a few years ago over the Michael Swann fraud has
been told a return to a position of responsibility is still
not ''politically acceptable''.
The United States is moving to ban artificial trans fats from
food, but that ingredient legally does not even have to be
labelled in New Zealand, University of Otago nutrition and
diabetes authority Prof Jim Mann says.