Ohio State determines cause of lab sample mistake

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has issued final reports detailing how test samples were mishandled at the university’s medical center clinical lab.

The 2012 incidents eventually led to a settlement with federal health authorities that included the replacement of the medical lab director.

In one incident the university says a quality control sample was improperly sent to a laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota by a student who had yet to receive full training in lab processes.

The university says a misunderstanding about the relationship between university labs also caused samples to be wrongly sent from one lab to another.

University and federal policies prohibit samples from being analyzed elsewhere.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that the incidents cost the university nearly $1 million in legal fees and fines.

 

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