Hospital error reports are up, and that’s good news

From The Oregonian:

Reports of errors in Oregon hospitals grew slightly last year, according to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

But that might actually be good news.

The commission relies on voluntary reporting, and has been struggling to persuade hospitals to improve their reporting. More reports will allow the state to better improve safety, says Bethany Higgins, the commission’s executive director…

“We are pleased with the latest hospital summary because it demonstrates commitment by all Oregon hospitals to voluntarily report adverse events, which opens the door to improved patient safety and increased transparency,” said Diane Waldo, the Oregon Hospital Association’s director of quality and clinical services. “We continue to support hospitals in their efforts to reach the highest possible care for patients.”

Read the entire article here.

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