The College of American Pathologists defended itself as an accrediting agency for hospital laboratories in a hearing before a subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee. CAP President Mary Kass told the subcommittee on criminal justice, drug policy and human resources that it was unusual to find problems like those at CAP-accredited Maryland General Hospital, where possibly incorrect HIV and hepatitis C test results were delivered to patients. The Maryland General case "is highly unusual and does not point to a pervasive problem in the accreditation or inspection process," she said. The committee was exploring a possible need for increased regulation. Former Maryland General worker Kristin Turner, who has alleged she contracted HIV and hepatitis C because of faulty controls at the hospital laboratory, said that the lab was always at its best for CAP inspections because they were announced in advance. -- by Tony Fong
CAP defends its lab accreditation program
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