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Serious mistakes are a learning lesson for Oregon healthcare workers

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, June 3 2014 at 2:20 PM, Updated: Tue, June 3 2014 at 7:51 PM

A new report tracking serious and deadly medical mistakes shows a total of 651 events at Oregon hospitals, surgery centers and nursing facilities in 2013. Local health officials are trying to lower that number by using the information to prevent future miscalculations.

"An adverse event is an unexpected event that could potentially cause harm to a patient." Said Sherri Steele, the Chief Nursing Officer for Providence Medford Medical Center.

The report released by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission show's 44% of the cases reported result in either serious injury or death. A number Steele says isn't high or low but a more accurate number that needs attention.

Providence Medford Medical Center- like most other hospitals she says are required by state law to report what they call "adverse events." Such problems can range from botched surgeries or prescription mix-ups.

"At the hospital we've created more of a culture of safety where the staff feel comfortable reporting things that they identify or feel that could become safety issues."

Which is why her hospital was recognized by the National Commission on Quality Assurance in February of this year.

"it's what we did with the events and that's why we were recognized."


More data resulting in better care for their patients, which is just what the Oregon Patient Safety Commission is looking for.

Click the link below to download the OPSC findings:

file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/tkoch/My%20Documents/Downloads/2013_PSRP_Annual_Summary_Final.pdf

 

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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