Two Local Hospitals Report Adverse Health Events, But Hutchinson Health Was Not One | Local
Hospitals in the area have reported a handful of cases that resulted in preventable harm to patients during the last two self-report periods investigated by the Minnesota Department of Health, but Hutchinson Health was not one of them.
The 16th Annual Adverse Health Events Report, which covers October 7, 2018 through October 6, 2019, identified 366 events at hospitals and surgical centers in Minnesota. Of those events, 143 resulted in serious injuries, although none of these cases involved local hospitals. The Minnesota Department of Health, which compiles the report, also collected data from October 7, 2019 to October 6, 2020, but has not released a report compiling that data.
“Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, many state employees have been redeployed to help with the pandemic response,” the latest report says. “This has impacted our ability to publish certain legally mandated reports, including the annual Adverse Health Events (AHE) report.”
The 16th report was released at the end of 2020. The data made available in May 2021 was not accompanied by a statewide narrative, but the foreword to the 16th report states: âIt does There has been no disruption in reporting requirements for hospitals and day surgery centers. “
According to MDH data, Meeker Memorial Hospital reported an incident related to a fall that caused serious injury to a patient between October 7, 2018 and October 6, 2019. It also reported an incident related to pressure ulcers that did not occur. ‘did not cause serious injury. injury and a fall that caused serious injury between October 7, 2019 and October 6, 2020.
Also according to MDH data, Glencoe Regional Health reported an incident related to pressure ulcers that did not cause serious injury between October 7, 2018 and October 6, 2019. It also reported a fall that caused serious injury. to a patient between October 7, 2019 and October 6, 2020.
A journalist contacted hospitals for further information, but did not receive a response until this issue of the Leader went to press.
According to MDH data, Hutchinson Health did not report any adverse health events between October 7, 2018 and October 6, 2019, or between October 7, 2019 and October 6, 2020.
“We promote a culture of safety by encouraging our colleagues to continually review and verify the processes of surgeries and procedures, and to share the lessons widely for the benefit of all,” Hutchinson Health said in a response statement. to MDH reports. âFor example, our line shutdown policy and pre-procedure wait times are essential to avoid errors and require the awareness and participation of every member of the care team.
The hospital has a âgood catchâ reporting initiative, which recognizes team members who find an inaccuracy or discover a potential error before it reaches the patient.