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State Considers Hospital Safety Consultant

The Washington State Hospital Association is urging the state to appropriate money for a consultant who would analyze medical error reports and recommend solutions to help facilities avoid death and injures. Hospitals which are required to report medical errors feel that they aren’t getting enough in return when the state collects their report. They feel as if the state does nothing but store the report and move on. They are frustrated by the lack of analysis or warnings that could ultimately prevent medical error and save lives. The Washington Legislature had passed a law in 2006 requiring hospitals to report medical errors and mandating the state Health Department to analyze the reports. However, the money the legislature set aside for this program would have barely made a down payment on the estimated cost of $3.8 million a year. Since there is no consultant, no medical errors are being made to the Legislature. Also, there are problems with hospitals disobeying the law and failing to report medical errors. This program could be a huge step for reducing medical errors. Illinois should greatly consider such a program to reduce the number of medical malpractice cases this state sees every year. To read more about the medical malpractice legislation, please click the link.