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Coney Island Hospital Outsources Blood After Deadly Transfusion Mixup

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Coney Island Hospital is temporarily outsourcing its blood testing after a woman died from receiving a transfusion of the wrong blood type last month.

A spokesperson from the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation says the hospital's blood lab misidentified the 84-year old woman's blood type, leading to her death in June.

After inspecting the facility on July 12, officials from the state Health Department ordered Coney Island Hospital to outsource blood testing to Kings County Hospital.

In a statement to NY1, the HHC spokesperson said, in part, "Our deepest condolences go out to the family. Coney Island Hospital can still provide blood to patients who need it quickly in an emergency. All patient blood samples will be sent to Kings County Hospital for typing, screening, antibody identification and compatibility testing. We are working with the State to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

State Health Department officials said Monday they were still investigating the matter.

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