THE surgical lights at the Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby General Hospital need urgent administrative attention, says the Health Department chief anesthesiologist Dr Norah Dai.
“We have the hospital’s coordinators and administrators who will look into addressing the issue,” she said.
Dr Dai made this comment when police prosecutor Sergeant Felix Singo questioned her if the surgical lighting was a reason why the doctors could not see the difference between the two samples of propofol before administering them to Rex Wanzing and three other patients who later died.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Josephine Kilage asked Dr Dai if the lighting was a problem at the PMGH theatre.
Dr Dai said: “The surgical lights are old, from the 1980s and it is not bright enough.”
Magistrate Kilage then asked if the lighting was a reason why they could not identify the faulty batch of propofol before administering it to the patients on Aug 12, 2020.
Dr Dai said: “I was not present in the theatre on that day but there were other senior anesthesiologists administering the propofol batch to the patients.”
Former chief justice Sir Arnold Amet asked Dr Dai if there was enough light in the theatre when the propofol was administered to Rex and the other three patients on Aug 12, 2020.
“There are no reasons or evidence to prove whether the operating theatre was darker or had less light,” he said.
Dr Dai said: “Occasionally, there are no proper lighting.”
Magistrate Kilage then asked Dr Dai if the lights were bright, dim or dull.
Dr Dai said the light bulbs were half the normal light bulb and at times, it was difficult to see well.
Sir Arnold advised Dr Dai to ensure surgical lightings in the theatres were fixed for surgery.
The National / PNG health Watch
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