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Yakima hospital lab was on probation, deficiencies now fixed


Associated Press - January 29, 2008 8:45 AM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities have revealed that the laboratory at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital was on probation for a time last fall.

The College of American Pathologists found the lab's accreditation to be in jeopardy in November.

In an unannounced inspection, one patient was found to have been given another patient's blood in a transfusion.

All told the inspection documented 101 deficiencies at the lab in a check against more than 14 thousand (14,040) standards.

Seven and a half percent of the deficiencies were in the more serious of 2 categories, which experts say is an unusually high proportion.

After the report hospital officials drafted a plan to correct the problems, and the probationary status was lifted in mid-December.

Remedial action was taken by the first of this month.

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