MN sees drop in adverse events

Minnesota experienced a decline in patient deaths and injuries from falls and surgical errors during the past decade, a new report says. In 2003 Minnesota passed the Adverse Healthcare Events Law, which requires hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to file reports for falls, foreign objects found inside patients post-surgery, suicides, medication errors and 25 other types of incidents. The law also requires hospitals to analyze what made the events occur. "The AHE law was a catalyst for patient safety throughout the state," according to an Associated Press article about the study. "It has helped bring patient safety to the forefront, increases awareness, and led to focused patient safety activities." Article