An incident of a blunder in which an autopsy was carried out on the wrong body occurred at the Fu Shan public mortuary. A 77-year-old woman, who was sent to the mortuary, was agreed by the coroner’s Court not to be dissected.
However, preparing a list of autopsies to be carried out, the duty mortuary officer mistakenly prepared labels with the woman’s name and other personal information, and attached them to the file of a male body which required carrying out an autopsy.
As a matter of fact, the blunder was due to a failure to comply with all the essential and critical requirements. Had the mortuary officer checked the computer-generated autopsy list carefully, he would not have prepared the wrong labels to the woman, and the incident would not have arisen. It is ridiculer for all the staff not to comply with the procedures of the autopsy, isn’t it?
On the other hand, it is a fact that the public have a loss of faith to the Fu Shan Mortuary. As a result, some measures should be implemented to prevent similar incidents. For instant, another doctor should be assigned in the autopsy room to oversee the procedures and it could help decrease the opportunity of the blunder, couldn’t it?