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Canada: Special investigation uncovers 27 additional deaths at Winnipeg hospital

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, January 20, 2009

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will be forced to investigate and review the 2,577 deaths that occurred in 2008 after a special investigation uncovered an additional 27 patients who died of medical errors in that same year in Winnipeg city hospitals, according to The National Post.This is the first time any Canadian jurisdiction has taken matters into their own hands in an attempt to improve its patient safety record.

The hospital review was to determine if the 2,577 deaths were caused by a systemic breakdown or medical error after the hospital was accused of lacking transparency and some high-profile medical blunders. According to the the Post the number of critical deaths has more than doubled in the last four years, raising the number to 72 deaths in 2008.

The city hospitals already have systems in place to report on medical errors, including a 24-hour hotline for patients, patient families and hospital staff.

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