Last February medical lab technicians at the VA’s American
Lake hospital in Lakewood flagged a compromised batch of blood samples
because it had been frozen and thawed one too many times.
blood came from 18 patients scheduled to be tested for hepatitis C. The
VA’s mandatory protocol required that the samples be thrown out and the
veterans rescheduled for new draws to ensure more accurate results.
than follow those guidelines, however, the lab supervisor chose to
refreeze the samples and test them anyway, according to an internal