Zero adverse health events at Riverwood in 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health released its annual report on adverse health events on Jan. 31 and Riverwood Healthcare’s hospital had zero incidents for the period covered in the report from October 2011 to October 2012.

“At Riverwood, we’ve taken very intentional steps to protect and promote patient safety,” said Mike Hagen, Riverwood CEO.  “A few years ago, our staff implemented a comprehensive falls prevention plan and our surgical staff has implemented best practices to prevent wrong-site and wrong-patient procedures. These and other patient safety measures are providing a high degree of quality and safety for Riverwood patients.”

For 2012, the Adverse Health Events reporting system recorded a total of 314 adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. Overall, the report shows a decrease in medication errors, retained foreign objects and pressure ulcers, while there was an increase in falls, wrong body part surgical/procedural events, and patient protection events (suicides and elopements). There were 14 deaths and 89 serious injuries that resulted from the reported events.

Get a copy of the full report at http://www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety/adverse-health-events/annual-report.
Learn more about hospital patient safety at http://www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.



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