Did The Surgeon Leave A Sponge In You?

For the first time, hospitals would have to publicly disclose certain mistakes they made that jeopardized patient health and safety, under a bill that earned final legislative approval today in the Senate. The bill would require the state Department of Health and Senior Services to reveal the names of hospitals responsible for committing what the federal government deems the 14 most egregious mistakes. They include operating on the wrong body part, leaving a sponge or other device inside a patient’s body and allowing or creating a blood infection following surgery. Medical and health care professionals often referred to those mistakes as “never events” because they are never supposed to happen. Read full Statehouse Bureau article here.

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