Thirty-four patients and their physicians are being informed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority about misdirected samples that had been sent for testing at the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory in Regina.
“We regret that this occurrence and any inconvenience, concern or delay in diagnosis for our patients and clinicians. We take this incident seriously and will work to improve our processes,” said Dr. Omar Shokeir, the Laboratory Medical Director for at Victoria Hospital. “Any patients who require sample recollection will be prioritized.”
The laboratory samples had been collected at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert between March 8 and March 13, 2018. On March 13, the sample container was sent by courier and intended to be delivered to the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. On March 21, the samples were discovered in a container that had been returned to the Victoria Hospital and was expected to be empty.
An investigation into how this occurred is underway. The Quality and Patient Safety unit in Prince Albert is leading the investigation, and is working with the Victoria Hospital laboratory, Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory, the courier company, and the Provincial Quality of Care Coordinator. The investigation is to determine what caused the samples to be returned to the Victoria Hospital without being tested, and to provide recommendations to avoid any similar issues.
Doug Dahl, Communications Officer
Saskatchewan Health Authority, Prince Albert