Veteran diagnosed with cancer 10 months after test at Leavenworth VA hospital
The Topeka Capital-Journal
By KATIE MOORE
Published: March 11, 2019
The inspection also found radiologists didn’t receive training on new diagnostic codes or software that generates notifications.LEAVENWORTH, Va. (Tribune News Service) — An inspection at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center found that a patient with a possible malignancy result was notified by a physician 288 days after the test was completed.
Ten months after the initial CT scan, the patient was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer with the possibility of metastatic disease. The patient died in the summer of 2017, according to the Office of the Inspector General's report.
The inspection was initiated after an individual made an allegation in November 2017 about delays in a lung cancer diagnosis and the reporting of an abnormal radiology test. The complainant also said a provider falsely documented the patient initially wasn't willing to have the test conducted. The OIG substantiated the claims, finding that the patient never refused the test or intervention.
Three subsequent allegations were unsubstantiated.
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