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Russian government's reaction to the HIV-positive blood transfusion in the Central Russian city of Voronezh was inadequate
A World Health Organization official said Monday that the Russian government's reaction to the HIV-positive blood transfusion in the Central Russian city of Voronezh was inadequate. The authorities were correct in hurrying to punish the individual responsible for the mistake, WHO European Regional Director Dr. Mark Danson said. Danson, however, chastised the country's entire medical system for compromising the patients' security, which he called a collective responsibility. Head of the WHO's World Alliance for Patient Safety Liam Donaldson said the Voronezh incident was not just typical of Russia and that joint efforts were needed to prevent similar instances in many countries. Blood transfusions are very complex procedures that involve many personnel and understanding at what stage the mistake was made is crucial, Donaldson said. A 21-year-old woman contracted HIV via a transfusion in a maternity hospital in Voronezh following child birth. The virus was traced to a permanent donor's blood. The woman, 35, donated her blood eight times from December 2004 to May 2005. Her blood donated May 5 proved HIV-positive in the May 20 test, according to authorities.
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