Newsday investigation finds transfusion errors in hospitals kill scores of patients each year. Overall, at least 441 patients died between 1995 and 2001 following transfusions. Experts suspect the actual number of transfusion-related deaths is much higher and that some hospitals fail to report them to the government as required. Flaws in state and federal reporting systems, insufficient government monitoring of hospitals and ambiguous federal regulations all help to minimize the problem.
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