Nova Scotia medical mistakes registry goes on line
The Nova Scotia government has followed through on a promise, posting its medical mistakes registry on the health department website.
According to the government website, making the information public "raises the level of accountability – and demonstrates a commitment to transparency and openness. The goal is to share lessons learned and prevent the event from happening again."
For the first six months of 2014, 27 serious adverse events were reported. Twenty-one of those incidents resulted in "adverse health effects leading to death or serious disability" while a patient was being cared for at a facility in Nova Scotia, including three incidents where a patient died or was injured after a fall while being cared for by a district health authority or the IWK.
Other mistakes include five patient suicides or attempted suicides, three serious diagnostic errors and six cases of severe bedsores.
"But there's not necessarily causation between one and the other," said chair of the Nova Scotia quality and patient safety advisory committee , Catharine Gaulton. She said the information instead aims to "trigger a review to see whether there is in fact an opportunity for improvement."