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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

Surgical light safety review urged

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau said he instructed the Hospital Authority (HA) to investigate an incident involving surgical lights with the vendor in a serious manner.   Prof Lo issued the statement today regarding the incident in which a surgical light in United Christian Hospital fell off and injured a staff on February 18.   In the statement, he said: “Safety of patients and staff is of our prime concern. This is an extremely serious incident involving high-standard medical equipment for use in operation rooms and it is absolutely unacceptable. I convened a meeting with the management of the HA this morning to discuss the incident.   “I have instructed the HA to investigate and look into this incident with the vendor in a serious manner by reviewing aspects such as the design, material and maintenance of the relevant equipment.   “They are also tasked to take prompt follow-up actions properly, including immediate inspection of all hoist installations in its facilities based on risk assessment to guard the safety of staff and patients.”   Prof Lo expressed his sympathy to the injured staff and appealed for the understanding of patients affected by the incident, adding that the HA will make every effort to minimise the impact on patients.   In the light of this incident, he said he also requested the HA to conduct a comprehensive review on its response mechanism adopted by the hospital management in handling similar incidents, covering also the workflow of overall crisis management and information dissemination, and submit a review report and recommendations for improvement to him as soon as possible.   The authority announced today that it has completed the inspection of a total of 50 surgical lights of various models manufactured by Getinge in public hospitals’ operation rooms.   It confirmed that 34 of them are safe and can continue to be used, while screws used in the remaining 16 surgical lights of various models may be at risk.   The authority has suspended the use of the surgical lights concerned and urged the vendor to replace the screws at risk as soon as possible to ensure the safety of patients and staff.   It added that after the incident, the vendor has been requested to increase the number of inspections to once every one to two weeks from now on.   In addition, to address the safety concern, the authority has arranged to have the surgical lights of other manufacturers inspected, which is expected to be completed in the next few days.   The surgical light that fell down at United Christian Hospital was manufactured and maintained by the manufacturer Getinge. It has been used since 2015 and last underwent maintenance in December 2022.
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