Hospital errors in New Jersey increase, but most likely due to better reporting

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

December 24, 2008

In 2007, 72 people died in New Jersey hospitals due to preventable errors, according to data from the third annual Patient Safety Act report, reports Newsday.com. The report is published by the state's Department of Health and Senior Services. This figure is up from 42 in 2006.

New Jersey hospitals have reported on such events since 2005 and have gradually seen the number grow each year. Hospitals are required by the Patient Safety Act to report on surgical errors, medication errors, falls, bed sores, and other accidents. In 2007, a reported 456 incidents occurred in New Jersey hospitals, but patients and hospital staff members alike shouldn't necessarily be alarmed at this growing number. It most likely shows that hospitals are becoming better at training their staff members to report on such incidents.

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