Hos­pi­tal has most blood test er­rors

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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