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Consultant suspended over incorrect eye injection

02/07/2018
A UK hospital consultant has been suspended from the medical register for nine months after he injected a patient’s eye with the wrong form of a drug.

According to the BBC, Mr Pammal Ashwin used an undiluted form of the drug Ocriplasmin in May 2014 to treat a patient’s eye condition at Kettering General Hospital. However, a Medical Practitioners and Tribunal Service hearing was told the drug should have been diluted and the patient later suffered a retinal detachment.

Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

While the tribunal was told Ashwin had had no issues with his work before or since the event in 2014, it decided to suspend him in order for the case to be reviewed, as it was determined the retinal detachment could have been caused by the undiluted drug.

It was also revealed that Ashwin had failed to tell the patient he was using the undiluted dose, and also didn’t tell the hospital when it investigated the case.

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