A christchurch surgeon in a post-op rush has sparked a bloody bag at Queenstown Airport. Local medical minister of health Dr. Derek Bell intends referring the incident to the New Zeland Medical Council â€“ he says it was reported to him â€œthere was a blood stain on the bag that was increasing in sizeâ€.
Peter Walker, the surgeon who tried to check in his blood-stained laundry bag as hold luggage last Thursday afternoon, told Mountain Scene â€œdiluted watery blood stained the bottom of the sackâ€.
Walker admits the baggage contained a plastic bag full of used surgery gowns, a blood-soaked towel and surgical instruments in steel trays. Walker denied that the instruments posed a danger, saying they were inside steel trays.
Walker said he always asks patients beforehand if they have infectious conditions like HIV infection or hepatitis. â€œI knew there was no infectious material at all” He said.
â€œI only had 10 minutes to spare to get to the airport and, as I was going to load the bag into the car, I said, â€˜Oh, thereâ€™s a patch of blood-stained waterâ€™.â€