- Surgical objects left behind (41)
- Operation on wrong body part (24)
- Serious injury or death after a fall (290).
Whether these instances are increasing or decreasing is open for debate, according to the article, Mass. hospitals continue to make preventable mistakes, as definitions for the reporting of serious events has recently changed, and not all errors may be reported.
— Andrew Meyer, Attorney
How Do Massachusetts Hospitals Compare?Full-service hospitals in Mass. reported making 821 preventable errors last year, report says http://t.co/rCJ03U5Kbr pic.twitter.com/2LAjJ6D8Pt— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 11, 2015
The Massachusetts Health and Human Services website makes the total number of "Serious Reportable Events" (SREs) by hospital available to the public. Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are required to report SREs to the Massachusetts DPH. The law also prohibits hospitals from charging for these events or seeking reimbursement for SRE-related services. Click here to view: Massachusetts Hospital Error Data.
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