1/6/2012: New Report Shows Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Don’t Show Most Patient Harm

A new report has just been released by the office of the Inspector General for HHS entitled “Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Do Not Capture Most Patient Harm.”

The report, available as a PDF download (external link), showed that while the systems were relied upon heavily by administration and did result in changes when used – 86% of events were never reported because of “staff misconceptions about what constitutes patient harm.”

The report includes recommendations on how reporting can be improved.

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