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Hospital Authority announces two safety incidents in hospital facilities
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:
     The spokesman for the Hospital Authority (HA) made the following announcement today (March 19) regarding two safety incidents in hospital facilities:

     A shower curtain rail with the shower curtain, which weighs about 750 grams in total, located in the shower room of an Orthopaedic and Traumatology ward in United Christian Hospital (UCH) suddenly fell down this morning and made contact with the thigh of a patient and the shoulder of a patient care assistant (PCA). Healthcare workers arranged a medical examination for the patient immediately and confirmed that there were only minor bruises while the PCA was fine. UCH is very concerned about the incident and has expressed sympathy for the injured patient and staff through the Orthopaedic and Traumatology Department.

     The shower curtain rail concerned has a suicide prevention design that the curtain rail will automatically fall when heavy objects are hung on it. Afterwards, maintenance staff confirmed that the bracket on which the shower curtain rail was placed was not damaged after inspection. The cause of the falling is being investigated.

     In addition, a bedhead light was suddenly detached from the bedhead trunk in a surgical ward of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in this morning while a nurse moved it aside to facilitate nursing intervention. No patient or staff were injured in the incident. To ensure patient safety, PMH immediately arranged the patient to another bed and apologised. The hospital arranged maintenance staff to repair and inspect all bedhead lights in the ward concerned. Patient services were not affected.

     The hospitals have reported the incidents to the HA Head Office via the Advance Incident Reporting System.
Ends/Sunday, March 19, 2023
Issued at HKT 20:30
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