Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rhode Island Considers Bill To Track Medical Mistakes

PROVIDENCE — The Providence Journal reports today on legislation proposed in Rhode Island that will track medical errors.
"... state lawmakers from both parties, backed by much of the medical community, are proposing a system to investigate and track errors and close calls at hospitals and nursing homes, by creating a Patient Safety Organization. The Health Department currently requires hospitals and nursing centers to report errors, but not would-be mistakes. And it does little to document trends or address clinical protocols."
This comes after a series of highly publicized errors of three brain surgeries being performed on the wrong side of the head in three years there. Read full article here: Tracking Medical Mistakes.

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