The Independent Review Committee (IRC) that was tasked to look into the hepatitis C outbreak at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) concluded in its report, submitted to the Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong on 5 December and released today (8 Dec) that the hospital’s sloppy practices led to the outbreak.
The report noted that SGH was slow in recognising the outbreak, that its investigations were incomplete and that the hospital delayed surfacing the incident. The committee ruled out the stealing of drugs, foul play and contamination of medical products, and stated that poor infection control processes to be the likely cause for the outbreak.
The committee further noted that the HCV infection “was likely a contributory factor to the death of seven cases”. On the use of multi-dose vials, it said that it may have contributed but was not the sole source of transmission of the virus.
To read IRC’s full report, click here.
MOH in a statement released today (8 Dec) accepts the IRC’s recommendations concerning the areas for improvement in the infection control practices in SGH’s renal ward, and will work with the SGH management and staff to ensure that the gaps are addressed.
Source: “SGH's sloppy practices led to hepatitis C outbreak earlier this year: Independent Review Committee” (The Straits Times, 8 Dec 2014)