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The release of unsuitable units through misinterpretation of laboratory results transmitted by facsimile.

Authors
  • Linden, J V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Transfusion
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2000
Volume
40
Issue
4
Pages
435–438
Identifiers
PMID: 10773055
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The vast majority of blood collected in New York State is tested by reference laboratories. Results are often transmitted by facsimile. Facsimile results may be misinterpreted because of distortion during transmission, misreading, or failure to note a separate report of pending results. Such misinterpretation results in an increased risk of adverse outcome for transfusion recipients. Laboratory results to be transmitted by facsimile could readily-and should-be clarified.

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