Hospital confirms report about botched hysteroscopy that leads to premature birth

Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Friday confirmed the report that a hysteroscopy conducted by one of its physicians had led to a premature birth because proper procedures were not followed. (The China Post file photo)

Taipei – Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Friday confirmed the report that a hysteroscopy conducted by one of its physicians had led to a premature birth because proper procedures were not followed.

The botched hysteroscopy was one of the accusations in an internally recirculated letter that criticized the hospital for “industrializing” hysteroscopy, convincing patients to take the test for profits, adding that nine of ten gynecology patients have been given hysteroscopy at the hospital.

In the case mentioned by the letter apparently written by one of the hospital’s medical staff, an employee of the hospital received a hysteroscopy on Aug. 23 after she complained of menstrual disorder. During the procedure, the employee gave birth to an unknown-of 23-week baby. The hysteroscopy conducting the hysteroscopy, however, demanded the nursing staff not to give first aid to the baby and required everyone with knowledge of the incident to keep it a secret in order to avoid a scandal, according to the letter, which added that the gynecologist even blamed the patient for not knowing about her own pregnancy.

The hospital admitted that a patient had a premature birth after hysteroscopy because the gynecologist took the patient’s word that she had been taking contraception pills and did not conduct pregnancy test before the procedure as required. The gynecologist has been suspended due to the incident, the hospital said. 

The China Post staff