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USC shuts down kidney transplant program after mistake

February 17, 2011 |  2:22 pm

USC University Hospital said Thursday that it shut down its kidney transplant program last month after an error was discovered. The hospital's official statement did not detail the nature of the mistake. But it said no patient was harmed.

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The shutdown was voluntary, the hospital said.

"USC University Hospital on Jan. 29, 2011, voluntarily and temporarily inactivated its kidney transplant program while a review is conducted following a process error," the statement said.

"However, as patient safety is the hospital’s number one concern, the hospital inactivated the program while clinical protocols are assessed and additional safeguards to the kidney transplant program are developed," it said. "Staff notified the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on Feb. 4 that the kidney program was inactivated."

The review of the program includes "validation of a corrective action plan by a kidney transplant surgeon and transplant administrator from other transplant centers, and staff from the UNOS Department of Quality," the statement said.

The review was expected to be complete by Feb. 18, and the USC University Hospital Transplant Institute will consider reactivation of the kidney program.

-- Lisa Girion