84-year-old dies after Coney Island Hospital gives her transfusion of wrong blood type
An 84-year-old woman died after Coney Island Hospital mistakenly gave her a transfusion of the wrong blood type. After the fatal error, the state Health Department ordered the hospital to send patients’ blood elsewhere to be tested.
By Ryan Sit AND Barry Paddock / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 15, 2013,
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Coney Island Hospital failed to accurately identify the 84-year-old patient’s blood type, leading to a botched transfusion.
The woman died at the hospital on June 9, according to a spokesman for the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. The hospital’s blood lab did not accurately identify her blood type, leading to the botched transfusion, officials said. Such mistakes typically occur in about one of every 14,000 transfusions, experts say, and can lead to fatal complications.
In the wake of the fatal error, the state Health Department has ordered the hospital to send patients’ blood elsewhere for testing.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family,” an HHC spokesman said in a statement