3.27.2017

NH Hospitals: 64 Adverse Events Reported to DHHS in 2015

About a year ago we highlighted a Report on Medical Errors at NH Hospitals and the excellent coverage by InDepthNH.org, which ran a series of articles on the 29 adverse events — or medical errors — that New Hampshire hospitals are required to report to the Department of Health and Human Services. That reporting detailed the latest data from 2014.

Late last year, 2015 adverse reporting data was released, and again covered by InDepthNH.org.
This post is a brief update to last year's report with a link to the full NH DHHS report. To see which NH hospitals reported which adverse events, click on this link: NH Adverse Event Reporting.

NH Adverse Events Decrease, More Improvement Needed

By definition, these events must be “largely, if not entirely, preventable.” There were 64 such events in NH hospitals in 2015.

Number of preventable serious events at NH hospitals from 2010-2015.
For a list of the 29 hospital errors that must be reported (also known as "never events"), see our previous post which provides a full list of the types of unwanted hospital events.

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