Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pennsylvania Leader in Reporting 'Never Events'

The Allentown, PA Morning Call published a lengthy article by Tim Darragh on wrong-site surgery in Pennsylvania. The report titled, 'Never events' happen dozens of times a year, starts with this lead in...
"More than five times a month, every month, a doctor in Pennsylvania commits one of the medical establishment's greatest taboos — working on the wrong part of a patient's body, or even the wrong patient. Since the state Patient Safety Authority began collecting data in mid-2004, health care facilities have reported 416 "wrong-site surgeries," an average of 64 a year, the authority reported this month."
Click here to read the full article.

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