Sleep study reports not reviewed by ordering physicians
Almost 100 patients at a Gander hospital tested for how well their lungs take in and release air may need to be retested.
In a news release issued Monday, Central Health said a malfunction related to the calibration of pulmonary function testing equipment has been detected. Ninety-eight affected patients were tested between Jan. 13 and Feb. 19 of this year.
In the same news release, the regional health authority also reported an issue with the distribution of sleep study results. This caused some patients to not get their report reviewed by the appropriate physician.
The equipment malfunction at James Paton Memorial Hospital was detected during a routine quality assurance check, according to Central Health. Patients who need to be retested are due to be contacted by March 11, with all affected patients offered the opportunity to make a new appointment by March 21.
The sleep study reports were available electronically in almost all cases, but paper copies were not being printed for ordering doctors. Central Health reviewed 758 studies involving 719 patients and found 34 of those reports were not reviewed by the appropriate physician. It is still attempting to determine the status of 18 reports.
Ordering physicians are reportedly working to determine whether reports not reviewed have had any impact on patients.