Serious medical incident registry now online in Cape Breton

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SYDNEY — A provincial database of serious in-hospital patient safety incidents is now available online, but the numbers are not broken down for specific regions like Cape Breton.

The Colchester East Hants Health Centre

Between Jan. 1 and June 30, there were 27 such incidents across the province. The types of incidents reported include an adverse health event associated with a surgical procedure leading to patient death or serious disability, pressure ulcers being acquired by a patient after admission to a facility, and a fall at a facility leading to patient death or serious disability.

The online database was officially launched Thursday and it details the type and number of incidents but does not identify patients, providers, healthcare facilities or district health authorities involved in each.

Tony Kiritsis, spokesman for Department of Health and Wellness, said keeping the data at a provincial level helps ensure the patients involved are not easily identified.

"We have to balance the public reporting with the privacy and confidentiality of the patients," he said.

In preparation for the online publication of serious incidents, health-care professionals at district health authorities across Nova Scotia and the IWK Health Centre began providing information on patient safety incidents in late December.

To view the most recent serious event numbers, go to http://novascotia.ca/dhw/qps/serious-reportable-events.asp.

Organizations: Department of Health and Wellness, IWK Health Centre

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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