Volume 17 Supplement 3
Errors in acute surgery: a statewide hospital survey
© Dries et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 28 August 2009
Minnesota state law requires medical facilities to report adverse events including surgical procedures on the wrong body part, wrong patient, wrong procedure and retention of foreign bodies. All hospitals in the State of Minnesota now have safety procedures in place designed to eliminate these complications. In an attempt to understand the impact of implemented safety procedures on errors in acute surgery, complications related to acute surgery are examined for hospitals in the State of Minnesota which contains three American College of Surgeons verified Level I trauma centers.
Minnesota State database for adverse health events was queried from January 2006 to December 2007. Adverse events associated with acute surgical procedures in the emergency department and operating room were identified for all hospitals in the state.
Performance of acute surgery is associated with a standard pattern of complications despite implementation of hospital-specific safety protocols. We need statewide data to understand this problem because adverse events are uncommon in individual hospitals. Reasons for failure to follow established safety protocols are still unclear.
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.