California Hospitals Begin To Report Adverse Events, Errors

June 30, 2008

Adverse events, or patient errors have begun to be reported from California hospitals.  A new report from the California Department of Public Health has revealed that California hospitals made some serious errors, or adverse events. over the course of a 10-month period that ended in May.  ...Boston (ChattahBox) – Adverse events, or patient errors have begun to be reported from California hospitals. A new report from the California Department of Public Health has revealed that California hospitals made some serious errors, or adverse events. over the course of a 10-month period that ended in May.

California hospitals, according to a new law, must report any type of adverse event resulting in an injury to their patients.

This will expand by the year 2015, when hospitals need to begin posting these errors on the internet.

The errors can be any type of adverse event which causes harm to a patient, whether it has to do with medication, a surgical procedure, etc.

During the 10-month period, there were 1,002 cases of these adverse events reported, which caused harm to patients.

The Los Angeles Times has released that the report revealed on 41 occasions, doctors performed either the wrong surgical procedure, operating on on the wrong part of the body, or on the wrong patient.

It was also noted that there were 145 events when a foreign object was left inside of a patient after surgery.

The California Department of Public Health has issued fines to hospitals for the errors.


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