WPR News
10:47 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Wyo Health Chief: Medical Error Reporting Not Good Enough

AP – The head of the Wyoming Health Department
says he's NOT satisfied with the reporting of medical errors in the state.
Doctor Brent Sherard made the comment at Monday's Wyoming Healthcare Commission meeting, after hearing a report stating that hospitals are NOT consistent in reporting errors.
A state law requires that every licensed health care facility report adverse medical errors to the Health Department. But Health Department attorney Fran Cadez says that the lack of a standard definition for adverse medical errors, and the lack of any incentive to report such errors, prevent full and accurate
reporting.
Cadez also said some hospitals haven't appointed a patient safety officer, as required by the law.
Daniel Perdue is vice president of the Wyoming Hospital Association. He says doctors and hospitals fear such reports could be used against them, even though the law says such information can't be used in court.