Hospital has most blood test errors
TOWNSVILLE Hospital has topped the list of the highest number of blood test errors.
Health Minister Cameron Dick released the figures for between January and June this year during yesterday’s estimates hearing, after Opposition questions over whether the new electronic patient records system had resulted in a major increase in blood test errors.
It was revealed that patients including children could have been misdiagnosed or received the wrong treatment with more than 300 blood test errors made in Queensland hospitals in the last six months.
The highest number was at Townsville Hospital at 117, followed by Cairns at 80, then the Princess Alexandra Hospital at 71, Mackay had 36 and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital 16.
Opposition Health spokesman John- Paul Langbroek said the State Government needed to ensure patients had not received the wrong treatment as a result of the errors.
Mr Dick said he had been advised there bad been “no increased risk of patient harm”.
“When a wrong blood in tube is identified, the blood is then retaken,” he said.
Mr Dick said the introduction of the new integrated electronic patients records system was more accurate.