Hospitals fail to report adverse events, according to OIG

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 24, 2012

An estimated 60% of adverse events occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems, yet only 12% of events met state requirements for reporting, according to a memorandum report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG found that hospitals only reported 1% of events, and that hospitals often failed to identify events as patient harm. Many events were not even captured by the hospitals’ internal reporting systems.

Only 26 states, including the District of Columbia, have reporting requirements, and only 23 of those 26 states regularly investigate events. Additionally, only 18 of the 26 states use event reports to provide patient safety information and educational tools to hospitals or take actions that could prevent incidents from being repeated, according to the OIG.

View the OIG report.

Source: HealthLeaders Media