According to the state Department of Public Health, reported medical errors in Massachusetts remained essentially unchanged from 2010 to 2009. In fact, there was a slight increase (510 to 512) in 2010. Reporting these numbers is supposed to assist public health officials eventually reduce medical errors and address issues that led to the medical error in the first place.
While a one year statistical analysis doesn’t provide enough data to determine a trend, it’s never a good thing when medical errors increase from year to year.
The reporting and monitoring of medical errors and adverse health events is essential in improving the quality of healthcare as well as reducing medical costs.
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