Preventing Hospital Blunders

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 00:36 in Health & Medicine

It took a recent and sensational headline about 10 preventable deaths in English Montreal hospitals in 2010-11 to draw attention to a nine-year old law that few non-hospital workers knew existed. Under Quebec's Bill 113, a patient has the right to be informed of any health institutional accident with potential consequences for the patient's health or welfare. For that to materialize, hospital workers are obligated by this law to report all errors, and management has to ensure transparency and implement means to reduce mistakes. read more

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