Patient Misdiagnosed as HIV-Positive Sues Maryland General Hospital Alleging Negligence
August 13, 2004
A Maryland woman on Wednesday filed suit in Baltimore Circuit Court against Maryland General Hospital, claiming that the hospital was negligent in misdiagnosing her as HIV-positive, the Baltimore Sun reports. The lawsuit, which seeks $2 million in damages, is the first by a patient since state regulators this year discovered that the hospital may have sent out several hundred inaccurate HIV and hepatitis C test results, according to the Sun (Bell, Baltimore Sun, 8/13). Maryland officials in March said that approximately 460 patients may have received incorrect test results from a lab at the hospital after personnel overrode controls in the testing equipment that indicated the results might be in error. State inspectors, who conducted interviews with hospital personnel and reviewed medical records, discovered that 10% to 15% of the HIV tests performed during a 14-month period ending in August 2003 might have produced inaccurate results (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/22).
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