Indiana Hospitals to Report Medical Mistakes to State
Indiana has become the second state in the country to require a system for hospitals to keep track of any medical errors that occur. Most states do not require any notification from hospitals regarding medical errors or medical mistakes. The medical mistake reporting laws are also in effect in hospitals in Minnesota.
Over 25 different common medical mistakes are on the list of errors that hospitals in Indiana must now report to state officials. The information from the hospitals will be available to the public.
The laws hope to put a halt to the dramatic rise in hospital errors in Indiana and around the country. The statistics compiled from the hospitals will most likely be used in medical facilities nationwide in determining what can be done about the medical mistake crisis.
While the most common mistakes involve relatively minor infractions such as wrong dosing of prescriptions, bedsores, and infections, other medical mistakes have been seriously damaging to patients, even resulting in several deaths.
It has been estimated that almost 100,000 patients die every year from medical mistakes, making it one of the largest causes of death in the country . Since data has been so scarce, however, there seems to be little hope for the situation to improve, until now. Several other states are watching the new program closely and are considering similar measures.
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