WRONG BLOOD TRANSFUSION: 84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN DIED AFTER CONEY ISLAND HOSPITAL GAVE HER WRONG BLOOD TYPE DURING TRANSFUSION

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 AND / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 15, 2013, NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26:  Ambulances wait to evacuate patients at Coney Island Hospital due to the impending Hurricane Irene, which is expected to make landfall in New York City sometime late tomorrow or early the next day, on August 26, 2011 in New York City. Coney Island Hospital, which is just two feet above sea level, will be closing and is in the process of evacuating 240 patients, 24 of whom are in critical condition. While Hurricane Irene lost some of its power in open water north of the Bahamas, the storm is still packing 110 mph winds.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Coney Island Hospital failed to accurately identify the 84-year-old patient’s blood type, leading to a botched transfusion.

An 84-year-old woman died after Coney Island Hospital mistakenly gave her a transfusion of the wrong blood type, officials said Sunday.

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

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/84-year-old-dies-coney-island-hospital-wrong-blood-type-article-1.1398768#ixzz2Z5xGu8CO

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