Where is B.C. taking labs?
March 09 2014
It appears the B.C. Health Ministry is about to embark on a major reorganization of medical laboratories across the province. Enabling legislation has been tabled that gives the minister, in essence, authority to do as he wants. The question is, what does he want? Victoria Times Colonist editorial.
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Lawsuit Over Pathology Errors in NB can Proceed as Class-Action
February 28 2014
CBC News Article
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Former Calgary pathologist sues province for $30M
February 24 2014
Dr. Evan Matshes seeks $30 million for alleged loss of income and reputational damage
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Breast cancer test errors prompt probe into Newfoundland lab
February 14 2014
Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest health authority has launched an investigation into how a lab misinterpreted the test results of 9 breast-cancer patients. Globe and Mail story.
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Errors found in 9 Newfoundland patients’ breast-cancer tests
February 13 2014
Nine patients in Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority had incorrect breast cancer test results, resulting in overly aggressive treatments for them. Globe and Mail story.
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Now Available on the Canadian Medical Association Website - 2014 Tax Tips for Physicians and Physicians in Training
February 13 2014
2014 Tax Tips for Physicians and Physicians in Training
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Ontario’s successes in pathology reporting have potential to improve practice across Canada
January 29 2014
As is your pathology, so is your medicine.
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Why Public Disclosure of Anatomic Pathology Errors in Canada, But No Similar Events Reported in the United States?
January 25 2014
Why Public Disclosure of Anatomic Pathology Errors in Canada, But No Similar Events Reported in the United States?
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Albeta accepting bids for $3B contract to build and run new medical lab facility in Edmonton
December 11 2013
Alberta Health Services announced it is accepting bids for what is expected to be a $3-billion contract to build a new state-of-the-art medical lab in Edmonton, run it for 15 years, and take on responsibility for about 2,000 staff. Edmonton Journal story.
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AHS delays plans to further privatize Edmonton lab services
November 04 2013
Alberta Health Services has delayed plans to further privatize medical laboratory services in Edmonton. Edmonton Journal story.
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"Virtual autopsies" using CT an MRI scans joining traditional dissection methods for post mortems
October 30 2013
Some pathologists are pushing to augment, or on occasion even replace, conventional post mortems with "vitrual autopsies" that use CT and MRI scans to probe bloodlessly inside cadavers. National Post story.
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Edmonton pathologists balk at plan to further privatize lab services
October 29 2013
A group of 16 University of Alberta Hospital pathologists is blasting Alberta Health Services plans to further privatize medical laboratory services in Edmonton, AB. Edmonton Journal story.
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New Appointment - Avrum I. Gotlieb
October 24 2013
CAP-ACP member Dr. Avrum I. Gotlieb was re-appointed as Board Member, Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (2013-2016).
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Alberta Health Services plans lab facility for processing medical tests
September 18 2013
A $3-billion contract could soon be open for bids in Edmonton, where Alberta Health Services is looking for a company to construct and operate a new centralized laboratory that would be responsible for processing most of the region’s medical tests. Edmonton Journal story.
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Thunder Bay patients face delays in test results
August 26 2013
Pathologists shortage causes test result delays at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, ON. CBC News story.
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Halifax-area mastectomy victim speaks
August 16 2013
A Halifax-area woman who received a medically unnecessary mastectomy due to an error by Capital Health spoke to Global News about her ordeal.
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Victim of mastectomy mix-up speaks out
August 16 2013
The Halifax woman whose right breast was removed by mistake in March after test results were mixed up at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre had her faith in Nova Scotia’s health-care system shaken to the core. As a result of the recent mistakes, Capital Health is implementing a bar-code system to track patient test results. It will cost about $450,000. Halifax Chronicle-Herald article.
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Medical mix-up like one that led to unnecessary mastectomy unlikely here: VIHA
August 16 2013
The same mix-up that led to a woman receiving an unnecessary mastectomy at a Halifax hospital earlier this year is highly unlikely to happen on Vancouver Island, says Dr. Gordon Hoag, VIHA’s medical director of laboratory medicine. Victoria Time Colonist article.
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Mastectomy victim 'not complete' after test result mix-up
August 16 2013
The Halifax-area woman who had an unnecessary mastectomy after her test results were swapped with those of another patient says losing a breast needlessly has made her distrustful of the health-care system. CBC News story.
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Derrick DEXTER (1923 - 2013)
August 15 2013
Dr. Derrick DEXTER, former Director of Laboratories at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, SK, died peacefully on 19 March 2013 after a short illness in Harrogate Hospital, Yorkshire, UK.
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National patient group calls for patient input after needless mastectomy
August 13 2013
A patient advocacy organization is calling for more patient input into reviewing pathology laboratory mistakes made in Nova Scotia that led to a woman receiving an unnecessary mastectomy earlier this year. Victoria Times Colonist article.
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Medical chart mistakes lead to needless mastectomy, biopsy for cancer patients
August 12 2013
The head of Nova Scotia's largest health authority is apologizing after lab mistakes earlier this year led to one patient receiving an unnecessary mastectomy and another undergoing a needless biopsy. Victoria Times Colonist article.
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Patient gets needless mastectomy after hospital mix-up
August 12 2013
The Capital Health District Health Authority in Halifax, NS said it made mistakes in 2 separate instances, both involving cancer patients. One patient had an unnecessary mastectomy, and another was never scheduled for surgery at a Halifax-area hospital after their test results were switched. CBC News story.
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Woman given unneeded mastectomy after test results mix-up
August 12 2013
A woman recently received an unnecessary mastectomy after test results were somehow switched in two Capital Health patients’ charts. The health authority announced a second, similar incident also related to pathology tests. This one led to an unnecessary diagnostic biopsy for one patient while another patient needing follow-up care at that time didn’t receive it. Halifax Chronicle-Herald story.
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Doctors perform unnecessary surgeries after tissue sample mixup
August 12 2013
Two patients received unnecessary surgery and two others were left untreated after a major Capital Health error. Halifax News Net story.
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Halifax health authority apologizes for mix-up that led to unneeded mastectomy
August 12 2013
Capital Health issued an apology Monday for errors in two cases it says affected four patients and resulted in one of them receiving an unnecessary mastectomy. Both events occurred in different stages of preparing and analyzing tissue samples and are unrelated. Global TV Halifax story.
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‘This man’s problems were self-inflicted’: Pathologist says man who died waiting 34 hours in ER partly responsible
August 09 2013
The death of a homeless man who waited 34 hours for treatment in a Winnipeg emergency room was partly self-inflicted, says a neuropathologist who examined the man's brain. National Post story.
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The Unseen Pathologist: Why You Might Want To Meet Yours
August 07 2013
Pathologists are taking on new roles, and the system needs to change to reflect the value of pathology. WBUR Common Health guest column.
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Medical staff in northeastern Alberta concerned about pathology cuts
August 07 2013
Medical staff in a town in northeastern Alberta say they are concerned that its pathology services are being cut, as Alberta Health Services consolidates regional laboratory testing at a private corporation in Edmonton. Victoria Times Colonist article.
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Docs upset as AHS eliminates regional pathologist position
August 06 2013
Medical staff in Bonnyville, AB respond to a decision by Alberta Health Services to terminate pathology services at the Bonnyville Hospital. Bonnyville Nouvelle Letter to the Editor.
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Doctors in pathology lab tried to stay focused on their work
July 17 2013
Pathologists in an Omaha, NE lab had a job to do, even though it appeared a serial killer was targeting them and no one knew why. Omaha World Herald article.
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Former pathology resident arrested in connection with 2 double homicides
July 15 2013
A former Creighton University pathology resident has been arrested in connection with the two double homicides with ties to the university's department. Omaha World-Herald article.
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Toronto gets new forensic testing complex
July 13 2013
A look inside Toronto, ON's new Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex near Keele Street and Wilson Avenue. National Post story.
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Gregory Charles CATZAVELOS (1953 - 2013)
July 09 2013
Dr. G. Charles CATZAVELOS, pathologist at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Trail, BC and formerly at Cornwall Community Hospital in Cornwall, ON, passed away in Rossland, BC, Canada on 09 July 2013. Published in Cape Argus on 11 July 2013.
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Obituary: Derrick DEXTER
May 22 2013
British Medical Journal obituary of Dr. Derrick DEXTER, former director of laboratories at the Grey Nun’s Hospital in Regina, SK.
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Brian F. J. RUDRICK (1959 - 2013)
May 01 2013
Dr. Brian RUDRICK, pathologist and laboratory director at Grey Bruce Health Services and South Grey Bruce Health Centre died in Owen Sound, ON on 17 March 2013. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada announcement.
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Doctors report cause of death incorrectly too often, pathologist says
April 12 2013
An estimated 20 to 50 per cent of death certificates are incorrect, a pathologist says. CBC News story.
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Allan J. NOBLE (1929 - 2013)
April 02 2013
Dr. Allan NOBLE, former chief pathologist at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, died in Stouffville, ON on 10 January 2013. Canadian Medical Association Journal announcement.
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Ralph William SHAW (1935 - 2013)
March 19 2013
Dr. Ralph SHAW, former pathologist at North York General Hospital, died in Toronto, ON on 08 January 2013. Canadian Medical Association Journal announcement.
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Hospital mourns popular pathologist
March 18 2013
Colleagues of pathologist Dr. Brian Rudrick remember the popular and well-liked doctor, who died of a massive stroke on 17 March 2013 at the age of 53. Owen Sound Sun Times article.
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Dr. Brian RUDRICK BA MD FRCPC - Obituary and Book of Condolences
March 18 2013
Obituary and Book of Condolences for the late Dr. Brian RUDRICK.
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John P. BURKE (1923 - 2012)
March 05 2013
Dr. John P. BURKE, former director of laboratories at Montfort Hospital, died in Ottawa, ON on 09 December 2012. Canadian Medical Association Journal announcement.
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Medical laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador achieve accreditation
March 01 2013
As of January 11, 2013, all medical laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador hold Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) accreditation certificates for the ISO 15189 standard for medical laboratories. QMP-LS Newsletter article.
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Pap tests at age 25 too late say ob-gyns
February 22 2013
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and two related medical organizations are taking issue with a national task force's recommendations that women wait until age 25 to start cervical cancer screening. CBC News story.
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Ontario pathology service facing deadline to match autopsy organs to families
February 12 2013
Nearly 4,000 human organs removed during autopsies dating back to the 1970s are sitting unclaimed in medical storage across the province — and time is running out for families to claim them. Toronto Star story.
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Low autopsy rate in B.C. alarms experts
February 06 2013
British Columbia has the lowest autopsy rate in Canada, raising concern among some experts that too many deaths in the province — and even possible homicides — are inadequately investigated. CBC News story.
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New cervical cancer screening guideline says start Pap tests later, screen less often
January 07 2013
Doctors should stop ordering yearly Pap tests for most women, and routine screening for cervical cancer in younger women should be abandoned altogether, a federal task force is recommending in an updated guideline for cervical cancer screening released by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Ottawa Citizen story.
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Questions Left for Mississippi Over Pathologist’s Autopsies
January 07 2013
In courthouses around Mississippi, petitions have been quietly submitted on behalf of people in prison arguing that they were wrongfully convicted on the basis of a pathologist’s testimony. New York Times story.
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Unnecessary Pap tests given to women with hysterectomy
January 04 2013
Many women who have had total hysterectomies are still getting screened for cervical cancer, a U.S. report into Pap testing finds, indicating unnecessary screening in a majority of this population. CBC News story.
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Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis
December 21 2012
Scientific knowledge about child deaths is changing, and it has come to be understood there are many alternative possibilities to what's often thought to be deliberate and violent shaking. National Public Radio story.
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Cervical cancer screens may offer little value before age 25
December 19 2012
New research suggests young Canadian women probably are undergoing too many Pap tests. CBC News story.
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Evidence Mounts Linking Head Hits To Permanent Brain Injury
December 03 2012
Researchers at Boston University have found more evidence supporting a link between repeated knocks to the head and chronic brain disease, adding weight to concerns about the effect of repeated mild head trauma in athletes, whether they're pros or peewees. National Public Radio story.
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Alberta officials refute pathologist’s defence of ‘unreasonable’ findings
November 30 2012
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General officials provided details of how an expert panel was assembled and conducted its review of a former Calgary pathologist’s findings. Calgary Herald article.
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Calgary pathologist made mistakes in 13 files, including some criminal cases
November 29 2012
Justice officials reviewing the work of a former forensic pathologist in Alberta have found mistakes in 13 of 14 cases. Calgary Herald story.
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Review finds Calgary pathologist's findings 'unreasonable'
November 29 2012
Alberta Justice has found serious problems with the work of a former Calgary forensic pathologist. An independent review by the government agency concluded that in more than a dozen cases, the pathologist came to unreasonable conclusions. CBC News story.
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Scientists Get A New Look At Einstein's Brain
November 23 2012
Previously unpublished photographs taken by autopsy pathologist Thomas Harvey of Einstein's brain soon after he died are now available for analysis. National Public Radio story.
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Pathologists' takeover of Ontario death probes nixed but coroners still fret
November 21 2012
Forensic pathologists will likely be given an expanded role in Ontario death investigations that will fall far short of what they wanted. Nevertheless, coroners continue to fret that pathologists have not given up on a quest to take over entirely. Canadian Press article.
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B.C. review into health errors cast as guide for Alberta
November 14 2012
The author of an influential report on radiology problems in British Columbia says Alberta is on the right track probing issues with credentialing within radiology and pathology, but has work to do synthesizing services for the provincewide health delivery system. Calgary Herald story.
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Report critical of hiring practices after Edmonton pathologist misreads biopsies
November 14 2012
A Royal Alexandra Hospital pathologist had little experience reading prostate biopsies before being hired into a temporary position that required reading dozens such tests, says a new report into the case of 34 misread cancer tests in the summer of 2011. Edmonton Journal story.
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No Need to Fast Before Cholesterol Blood Test: Study
November 12 2012
Current clinical laboratory practice calls for patients to fast at least 8 hours before having their cholesterol levels checked, but Canadian researchers report that may be unnecessary. HealthDay News story.
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Botched Alberta cancer tests no surprise to former head pathologist
November 11 2012
The former head pathologist of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre says he’s not surprised 3 cases of botched cancer tests were found in a recent probe of 2 provincial hospitals and a Calgary laboratory. Calgary Herald story.
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Faulty Alberta cancer tests came amid plunging staff morale, watchdog finds
November 08 2012
Three batches of badly processed cancer tests came amid plunging morale and strained relationships between Rockyview General Hospital pathologists and managers at a newly-centralized city laboratory, Alberta’s Health watchdog reported Thursday. Calgary Herald story.
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Sloppy hiring at Edmonton hospital led to mistakes in cancer tests: report
November 08 2012
Slipshod management led to the hiring of a temporary pathologist who misdiagnosed biopsies for cancer patients at an Edmonton hospital. Canadian Press article.
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Review calls for fixes to Alberta's medical testing
November 07 2012
An independent review of medical screening and testing in Alberta has found some inconsistencies affecting how doctors are allowed to do their jobs, but health-care officials in the province are pledging to fix the problems and offering reassurance that patients are not at risk. Globe and Mail story.
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Health probe into Alberta pathology errors finds inconsistencies, poor communication
November 07 2012
An independent review of pathology and diagnostic imaging in Alberta has found poor communication between the provincial health superboard and physician licensing body, and inconsistencies throughout the province on how doctor privileges are awarded. Calgary Herald article.
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Provincewide standards for pathologists, radiologists, will help protect patients, Alberta health minister says
November 07 2012
An Alberta review of policies that govern the practices of pathologists and radiologists, specialists in diagnostic tests found all doctors in these 2 specialties are appropriately trained, but there is great variance in how practice privileges are granted in each hospital across the province, especially for radiologists. Edmonton Journal article.
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Coroners fear death-probe system 'sabotage' as Ontario ponders changes
November 01 2012
A behind-the-scenes struggle between Ontario coroners and forensic pathologists could lead to a major overhaul of the way deaths are investigated in the province. Canadian Press story.
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Museum Teaches Anatomy And Disease With Ghoulish Body Part Bake-Off
October 28 2012
St. Bartholomews Pathology Museum in the U.K. hosted a pathology-themed bake sale. National Public Radio story with photo album.
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Looking For Ways To Recruit Forensic Pathologists
August 09 2012
Television crime dramas may draw big audiences, but they don't seem to work as a recruiting tool for forensic pathologists. Dwindling numbers of these medical specialists who perform autopsies to determine the cause of death, whether from disease or foul play, have implications for the health care system that don't show up in the plot lines of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" or "Quincy". National Public Radio story.
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Skydiving is not always fun, and other life lessons from the dead
July 01 2012
Being a junior pathology technician at the Medical Examiner’s Office taught a lot about life and was "the coolest summer job ever." From the National Post's Summer Job series, tales of that annual Canadian rite of passage for young people taking their first dip in the labour pool.
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Inside The Lives Of Death Investigators
June 14 2012
Death investigators — who can be medical examiners, forensic pathologists, or appointed officials — work to determine the cause and manner of deaths. In some cases, new technology allows investigators to re-examine old cases and bring closure to families looking for answers. National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" transcript.
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Forensic Autopsy Organ Retention in Ontario
June 14 2012
For decades, Ontario's coroners kept the organs retained from autopsies. And in many cases, the families were never informed that the organs had been removed. Now, the coroner is trying to track down those family members so that they can properly dispose of the remains. CBC Radio "As It Happens" story.
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Ontario coroners have kept over 4,000 organs from autopsies. Now they’re asking what they should do with them
June 13 2012
Ontario’s coroners have kept approximately 4,000 organs in storage from autopsies dating as far back as the 1970s. Now, the province is asking families what they should do with the body parts. National Post story.
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Ontario college told to reconsider decision against mistaken mastectomy doctor
June 12 2012
A review board has ruled that a decision to caution a Windsor, ON, doctor who has performed unnecessary breast surgeries was unreasonable, saying there is no indication previous complaints against the doctor were considered. Canadian Press story.
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Alberta chief medical examiner solves death-puzzles
May 11 2012
A profile of Alberta's new chief medical examiner, Dr. Anny Sauvageau. Edmoonton Sun story.
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Ontario's health minister weighs in on mistaken cancer surgery
May 08 2012
Ontario's health minister has weighed in on the latest pathology mix-up at Windsor Regional Hospital. CBC News story.
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Look Again: The Importance of Second Opinions in Breast Pathology
May 07 2012
A correct diagnosis may determine the use of effective treatment (or show particular treatments to be unnecessary), whereas an incorrect diagnosis may lead to treatment-related adverse effects without known benefit. Therefore, proper pathologic classification has clinical oncologic implications. Journal of Clinial Oncology editorial.
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Pathology error causes unnecessary lumpectomy
May 05 2012
A mistake by a pathologist at Windsor Regional Hospital led a surgeon - who has come under public scrutiny in the past - to perform a lumpectomy and remove the lymph nodes of a healthy woman. Windsor Star story.
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Windsor hospital CEO takes responsibility for surgery mistake
May 04 2012
The CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital says he is ultimately responsible for the latest error in the hospital's pathology department, in which the test results of the healthy woman were mixed up the with those of a woman diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. The healthy patient underwent a lumpectomy and had her lymph nodes removed. CBC News story.
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Windsor hospital CEO blames human error for unnecessary surgery
May 04 2012
Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said a pathologist’s administrative error caused the latest laboratory mix-up that led to a cancer-free woman having both a lumpectomy and four lymph nodes removed under her arm. Toronto Star story.
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Alberta officials deny wrongdoing after pathologist wrongly deems toddler’s death a homicide
April 24 2012
Alberta officials are denying any wrongdoing in a case involving a toddler who was put into foster care for nearly two years following an autopsy that wrongly classified his stepbrother’s accidental death as a homicide. The child’s family is suing the former Calgary pathologist who performed the autopsy, Dr. Michael Belenky, along with Alberta justice and child welfare officials. National Post story.
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All Alberta homicide autopsies to get peer review
March 01 2012
Effective 01 March 2012, the Alberta medical examiner’s office will require that a second set of eyes review all autopsy reports completed for cases involving homicides.
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Former Calgary pathologist sued by dead toddler’s family
February 29 2012
A former Calgary pathologist whose findings were reviewed by justice officials is being sued by the family of a toddler whose case sparked the probe. Calgary Herald story.
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Cancer patient loses trust in health tests
February 24 2012
Pam Carriere was told a March 2011 test showed she had no cancer -- but on Aug. 31, after her pathology test was reviewed, she was told a mistake had been made and she needed further surgery. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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CAP-ACP Past President on Pathology Errors
February 24 2012
CBC Radio One (Manitoba)'s morning show "Information Radio" interviews CAP-ACP Past President Laurette Geldenhuys about errors in pathology. Diagnostic Services Manitoba recently released a report that several mis-diagnoses by one of its pathologists have been discovered.
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I-Team investigates one pathologist's mistakes
February 23 2012
CBC Radio One (Manitoba)'s morning show "Information Radio" reports on how a pathologist's mistake turned a woman's life upside down.
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Cancer patient wants apology for pathologist's error
February 23 2012
A Winnipeg breast cancer patient wants an apology from the pathologist who erred in his analysis of her biopsy, which led to her being told she didn't have cancer when she did. CBC News Manitoba story.
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Group of N.L. women sue after breasts removed over faulty cancer tests
February 22 2012
A group of women in Newfoundland and Labrador who were erroneously told they had breast cancer — then had both their breasts removed — want the local health authority to send tissue samples from their breasts to an impartial pathologist for testing to find out where the system fell apart and who is to blame. National Post story.
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NL's Eastern Health responds to mastectomy lawsuit
February 22 2012
Nine women are suing Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority because their breasts were removed by mistake following inaccurate pathology tests. CBC News story.
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Calgary pathologist under investigation named in Alberta legislature
February 21 2012
While the work a Calgary pathologist did for Alberta Justice is being investigated, the man continues to work for the province, this time for Alberta Health Services. In the Alberta legislature, opposition Liberal MLA David Swann identified the pathologist involved and asked the government why the man is again working for the province while the review takes place, and why all of his case files are not being investigated. CBC News story.
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Pathologist wrong in 137 cases, review finds
February 18 2012
A provincial pathology probe found more than 130 Manitobans were given the wrong medical prognoses by a pathologist -- including 2 patients who were told they didn't have cancer when in fact, they did. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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Review of pathologist's work complete; 5 critical incidents reported
February 17 2012
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM) has released the results of a review of 3,006 pathology cases of diagnosed by a pathologist, sparked by a routine audit by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, as well the DSM's internal quality control procedures last June. Out of the 137 cases, 5 critical incidents were reported, such that patients required a significant change in their treatment plan or had a change in prognosis. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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Alberta Justice officials investigate files of forensic pathologist
February 16 2012
Justice officials in Alberta are investigating the work of a former forensic pathologist after mistakes were found in at least 4 of his autopsies. The unnamed doctor was in Calgary for a year before leaving the job last September. He was part of 426 death investigations, including 13 homicides. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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Calgary forensic pathologist's work under investigation
February 16 2012
Prompted by an insurance company's question last fall about an accidental death, Alberta Justice is reviewing the cases of a former Calgary forensic pathologist. CBC News story.
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Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?
January 25 2012
Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, host of CBC Radio’s "White Coat, Black Art", medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong. (17:33)
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Fighting cancer gets personal
January 14 2012
Made-to-measure treatments highlight the promise -- and current limitations -- of personalized medicine, which involves using genetic screening or protein analysis to help doctors predict what drugs would work best for a particular patient. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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Woman settles lawsuit over mastectomy done after mistaken cancer diagnosis
January 12 2012
A Leamington, ON woman whose healthy breast was removed in the mistaken belief it was cancerous has settled her lawsuit against the hospital and doctors who operated on her. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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Pathology has changed
January 05 2012
London, ON pathologist and CAP-ACP member Dr. David Driman comments on Globe and Mail medical writer Andre Picard's column "Let’s Look Beyond Our Pathology Problems". Globe and Mail Letter to the Editor.
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CSMLS supports national standards
January 04 2012
In response to Globe and Mail writer André Picard's column "Let’s Look Beyond Our Pathology Problems", the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science expresses its support for implementing nationwide regulation of all laboratory professionals to maintain standards and ensure accountability. Globe and Mail Letter to the Editor.
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What we should learn from our pathology problems
January 02 2012
The failings in pathology should not be dismissed as isolated woes; if anything, they are by-products of poor management practices on a larger scale and our failure to ask some fundamental questions. Globe and Mail column.
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Yell louder this time
January 01 2012
Laboratories all over Canada, in provinces rich and poor, have committed far too many life-altering mistakes. The provinces should urgently convene an expert panel to ensure that every province and territory constructs its medical care on a solid foundation of pathology quality controls that are proven and consistent, to the extent possible, throughout Canada. Globe and Mail editorial.
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National strategy urgently needed before goalies of medicine become dangerously overwhelmed
December 31 2011
Alberta has announced a major provincewide reviews of its pathology and radiology systems. But No matter what kind of “system” improvements we make, our radiology and pathology departments can only be as good as the human beings who work in them, and Canada and the United States are both facing major shortages of pathologists and radiologists. We need a national strategy to address national shortages. Edmonton Journal column.
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Shortages of pathologists? Alberta Health Services responds.
December 31 2011
Alberta Health Services responds to some of the issues raised by Edmonton Journal writer Paula Simons in her column "National strategy urgently needed before goalies of medicine become dangerously overwhelmed".
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Better processes needed to catch medical errors: expert
December 31 2011
The registrar of Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons says the province needs better oversight to prevent medical errors like the recently announced misdiagnoses in Drumheller and Edmonton. Edmonton Journal story.
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Alberta to review pathology testing after questions at 3 different hospitals
December 29 2011
Alberta's health minister has ordered a review of diagnostic imaging and pathology testing in the province after inaccurate results surfaced in 3 different hospitals over the last 2 months. Winnipeg Free Press story.
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Alberta probes hundreds of suspect cancer tests as pathologist's work comes under scrutiny
December 03 2011
Alberta health officials are retesting more than 1,700 diagnoses made by an Edmonton pathologist who allegedly misread samples taken from dozens of cancer patients. The list includes 29 men who may have missed out on months of prostate cancer treatment due to misdiagnoses of their biopsies that mistakenly found no cancer or underestimated the severity of their illness. In addition to the prostate biopsies, 1,568 non-prostate specimens the pathologist examined are also being reviewed. Edmonton Journal article.
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Probe into Calgary pathologist's files raised no concerns
September 19 2011
A recently concluded Calgary Police investigation found no problems with files handled by former Calgary medical examiner Dr. Michael Belenky. CBC News story.
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The Child Cases: Lessons From Canada
June 30 2011
Medical and legal experts often disagree on how to determine the cause of a child's unexpected death. One result is that parents sometimes are wrongly accused of murder and sent to prison. No place has uncovered a bigger problem — or dealt with it more directly — than Ontario, Canada. National Public Radio story.
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Investigated former Calgary pathologist not certified
February 02 2011
An Alberta medical examiner whose criminal cases are under scrutiny was not certified as a forensic pathologist. CBC News story.
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