10,000 recent blood tests in Nova Scotia may have been inaccurate

The findings were published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Wednesday. David Silverman/Getty Images

HALIFAX – Health officials in Nova Scotia say about 10,000 blood tests conducted recently in two regions may have produced inaccurate results, though they add the risk to patients is minimal.

The Cumberland Health Authority and the Pictou County Health Authority issued a joint statement saying they are contacting patients and their health-care providers to recommend followup and possible retesting.

The A1c lab tests produced by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics are used to track blood sugar levels.

The company says they may have produced results that were higher than expected.

The tests were done in the Pictou area between December 2013 and May 2014, and between January and June of this year in the Cumberland region.

Bruce Quigley, CEO of the Cumberland Health Authority, says it’s not possible to determine if any individual test was wrong.


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