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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Statement Regarding Cancer Care Ontario Systemic Treatment Administration

CHATHAM-KENT: August 24, 2018 – To support transparent and open communication, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) would like to inform the public of a Safety Bulletin from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) that effects some patients at CKHA.

In June 2018, CCO became aware of an issue relating to the administration of three systemic treatment drugs (Pembrolizumab, Nivolumab and Panitumumab) used to treat cancer. It was identified that amounts of the drug remained in the IV tubing resulting in a reduction in the intended dose delivery to some patients. On June 26, 2018, CCO sent the Safety Bulletin to all 74 Ontario hospitals that deliver systemic treatment asking them to review hospital policies and procedures for all low volume, high concentration medications, to ensure that the intended does is reaching the patient. 

“Once the issue was identified by Cancer Care Ontario to us through the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre we initiated an investigation,” says Lori Marshall, President & CEO, CKHA. “We immediately responded to the necessary process changes for all future patients.”

Following this review, CKHA is one of 35 hospitals to identify process issues in the administration of the three drugs. 

“We identified that six patients were involved at CKHA (1,000 across the province) and it was determined by expert physician review that there would have been no adverse impacts to the patients,” adds Marshall. “Some hospitals chose not to disclose to patients as it was deemed that there was no negative impact; however, given our commitment to transparency, CKHA disclosed to five of the six patients.  One patient is deceased and we are in process of searching for next of kin.”

To view the Cancer Care Ontario Safety Bulletin, please click here.  For further details, please visit Cancer Care Ontario’s website here

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About CKHA 

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is a 200+ bed community hospital, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies.  Formed in 1998, CKHA is committed to core service excellence, top-flight operational performance and to becoming a facility of choice in Southwestern Ontario.  With sites in Chatham and Wallaceburg, CKHA is comprised of approximately 1,360 compassionate staff, 178 physicians and 300 volunteers who serve the medical needs of 102,000 residents in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.  CKHA is designated a schedule one facility under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and cares for tens of thousands of inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients annually. For more information, click here to read CKHA’s Fast Facts.

For more information, please contact: 

Katherine Stinson

Communications Specialist

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 

519.352.6400 x 5326

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