- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new report shows that fewer so-called “never events” are happening at New Hampshire hospitals.

The state collects data on adverse events such as falls, bedsores, foreign objects accidentally left in patients during surgery or doctors performing procedures on the wrong body parts. The Concord Monitor reports that there were 64 adverse events last year, a 12 percent drop from 2014.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s largest hospital and the one that handles the most complex cases, had the most adverse events. Half of the 16 events were related to patient bedsores. The next two largest hospitals, Elliot Hospital and Catholic Medical Center, each had four events.

Some health experts say the report doesn’t accurately reflect hospital safety because hospitals have different definititions of what constitutes a serious adverse event.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com


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