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Mayo Clinic Takes New Measure to Prevent Errors

The Mayo Clinic is giving its 30,000 employees access to internal medical error reports in hopes of improving the quality of healthcare and preventing future mistakes. Making such information essentially public is part of the clinic’s policy of transparency.

“We know from being transparent in our organization, and in Mayo Health System, that it does speed improvement,” said Adam Brase, Mayo spokesman.

Healthcare providers across the country have been concentrating their efforts on preventing medical mistakes since 1999, when the Institute of Medicine reported that as many as 98,000 people die every year as a result of medical errors.

In 2003, Minnesota began requiring all hospitals to report “never” events—in other words, preventable medical errors that should never happen. The state also publishes an “Adverse Health Events” report, which includes information on serious errors.

Mayo, however, plans to improve error prevention by making this information public before the state releases its report.

“Patients have the right to know this, too,” said Brase.

(Source: Post-Bulletin)

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