83-year-old man at Buddhist Hospital dies following neck entanglement with blood pressure monitor tubing during early hours


2nd December 2023 – (Hong Kong) A tragic event has occurred at the Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital (HKBH), according to a spokesperson for the hospital. An 83-year-old male patient died in the early hours of 2nd December after becoming entangled in the connection tubing of a blood pressure machine.

The patient, who was suffering from end-stage renal failure and pneumonia, was admitted to the hospital’s medicine and geriatrics ward on 29th November. His clinical condition remained stable throughout his stay until the incident.

At 1.20am on 2nd December, a member of the healthcare staff conducted a routine ward inspection and found the patient asleep. However, just fifteen minutes later, the patient was discovered unconscious, his neck entangled in the connection tubing of a blood pressure machine.

The healthcare staff immediately removed the tubing and initiated resuscitation efforts. The patient’s family was alerted about the situation, but despite the best efforts of the medical team, the patient was declared dead at 2.47am.

The hospital expressed deep condolences to the patient’s family and pledged to provide them with any necessary assistance. The incident has been reported to the local police for further investigation, and the hospital has committed to full cooperation with the authorities. In line with standard procedures, the incident will also be reported to the coroner.

The hospital regards this incident with grave concern. It has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office through the Advance Incident Reporting System, a mechanism designed to foster transparency and learning from critical incidents within the healthcare system.

In the aftermath of the incident, the hospital has undertaken a comprehensive review of the ward and the positioning of related medical equipment. Enhanced inspections have been arranged as part of immediate measures to prevent a recurrence of similar tragic incidents.