VA: 12 Deaths Possible from Misdiagnosis, Case Numbers Increase

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(1/28/19) FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) – A Veterans Administration town hall meeting has released an update on the case review of a former pathologist. 

According to Kelvin Parks, Interim Director of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, the number of veterans who died increased from four to 12 total. It is unclear if the misdiagnosis was the cause of death.

There were 96 more cases than the original 33,806 because the pathologist worked under contract before being hired in October 2005.

The review found that there were 3,007 cases, or 8.8%, that had errors in them. According to Parks, a pathologist should not have an error percentage higher than .07%

There were 22 institutional disclosures, which were errors that were not disclosed to the facility leadership. A total of 76 cases remain to be reviewed. 

Parks says that a total of 33,902 cases have been reviewed in which the impaired pathologist took part.

It was found that 27,307, or 80.5%, were found to be correct and there were no changes. 

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