Thursday, August 5, 2010

Neuropathological "tele-referrals" intended for Windsor region in Canada

As part of a systematic investigation of surgical errors at a Windsor, Ontario hospital, Canadian officials have urged the province to overhaul the way pathologists diagnose disease. According to London Health Centre neuropathologist Dr. David Ramsay, pictured on the left with Dr. Lee Cyn Ang, the so-called Windsor Report includes a vague intent to set up an internet 'tele-referral' service for neuropathology, including neurosurgical frozen sections:

The investigation began after a patient had an unnecessary mastectomy after a general pathologist misdiagnosed a benign breast lesion as a malignant one. Read more about the quality assurance overhaul here.

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