After a gas line mixup at a Sydney hospital last week that left one baby dead and another seriously brain damaged, a hospital in Queensland has also revealed problems with gas lines installed by the same company.
BOC Limited incorrectly installed and certified the oxygen outlet in a theatre at Sydney’s Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, where two newborn babies were administered with ‘laughing’ gas instead of oxygen, reports 7 NEWS.
One newborn baby died. The other suffered critical brain injuries.
The Wesley Hospital located in Brisbane has since confirmed to Yahoo7 in a statement that “an incident occurred in October 2005 during a building project that involved the installation of gas lines by a subcontractor (BOC).”
“The incident was addressed at the time by the building contractors with limited disruption to hospital activity and no patient involvement,” a spokesperson for the Wesley Hospital said.
According to the ABC, in 2005 a contractor crossed oxygen gas lines for a new neo-natal room at the hospital with a carbon dioxide line for surgical equipment in a nearby operating theatre.
The problem was only discovered by hospital maintenance engineers when oxygen pressure sensors repeatedly went off, alerting staff to the issue, the ABC reported.
An internal investigation was reportedly performed at the time.
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