The College of American Pathologists suspended for 30 days its accreditation of two laboratory areas at 216-bed Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, which has acknowledged sending out possibly inaccurate HIV and hepatitis C test results to about 460 patients. The college, citing deficiencies discovered in an April 26 inspection, said it suspended accreditation of the lab's chemistry and point-of-care areas until May 25. Hospital officials said they are preparing a corrective action plan and "working very diligently to correct past quality control issues and prevent such deficiencies in the future." Maryland General has been struggling to rebound from quality control problems in its lab since state inspectors, responding to a tip in January, discovered that lab workers had edited control tests used to check the accuracy of equipment. The college also has come in for scrutiny for giving the lab its highest rating after an April 2003 inspection. -- by Tony Fong
Md. hospital's lab accreditation partly suspended
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