Medical error reporting in NYC faulty

Accreditation Connection, March 13, 2009

According to a report issued by the office of the City Comptroller, New York City hospitals are the least reliable in the state of New York when reporting preventable errors and adverse events, the New York Times reports.

The report does not indicate that hospitals with higher numbers of incidents reported are providing lesser treatment, but are, rather more diligent in providing data on adverse incidents. While New York City hospitals made up half the patients in the state in 2006, they reported 39 adverse events per 10,000 patients, compared to 70 per 10,000 in hospitals in northern suburbs, and 64 per 10,000 on Long Island.

A state department study from 2004 to 2006 also indicated that city hospitals underreported adverse events.

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