Military Hospital Seeking HIV-Infected Patient after Lab Specimen Mix-Up
January 22, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System
Healthcare risk managers may be interested in a January 15, 2014, New York Times article that discusses an error involving mixed-up laboratory specimens at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. According to the article, a blood sample that tested positive for HIV was improperly labeled with another patient’s name. The error was discovered when follow-up testing revealed that the patient on the specimen’s label was actually HIV-negative.