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Hospital Takes Bold Step in Releasing Medical Error Reports

An article in the Boston Globe explains that while typically hospitals try to keep medical errors quiet in fear of lawsuits, Brigham and Women’s Hospital has encouraged open discussion of mistakes to learn ways to avoid their occurrence. The hospital has begun sending out a monthly newsletter that includes stories of errors from staff and patients. “Most issues tell a story of medical care gone awry through interviews with caregivers and often with patients, and describe the hospital’s response, such as adopting a better transfer process following the case of the cancer patient. Patients are not named, to protect their privacy. Caregivers also are anonymous because hospital leaders do not want to discourage them from reporting problems.”

Read it in the Boston Globe.