Man, 84, Dies After Blood Transfusion Error at Brooklyn Hospital

Patients' blood is being sent elsewhere for testing while officials investigate

Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 8:11 AM EDT
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Man, 84, Dies After Blood Transfusion Error at NYC Hospital

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Officials say an 84-year-old patient died after getting a transfusion of the wrong blood type at a Brooklyn hospital.

The city's Health and Hospitals Corp. said the patient died at Coney Island Hospital on June 9.

The hospital's lab misidentified the patient's blood type, according to the Daily News. 

The state Health Department has ordered the city-run hospital to send patients' blood elsewhere for testing.

In a statement, the HHC said "our deepest condolences go out to the family."

According to the News, such errors typically occur in about one of every 14,000 transfusions.

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