Hospitals have long been required to report adverse events that occur on the premises, but now Massachusetts is compiling this information and releasing it to the public in the hope of reducing preventable accidents and injuries. In 2008, Massachusetts hospitals reported over 300 serious events with falls as the leading category (over 200!) The other categories include surgical error, patient care error, and product or device failure.
I applaud the State’s efforts to identify the cause of such serious errors and to work towards elimination of unnecessary injury. I have provided a link to the press release here.
If you or a friend or family member have been injured through hospital negligence, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney. Our office is able to guide you through the process and inform you of your legal rights and remedies.