Minnesota Department of Health has released its annual report on adverse health events in Minnesota. The legislation creating the adverse health events reporting system was championed by Minnesota hospitals and signed into law in 2003. The law requires all Minnesota hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to report 28 types of serious events to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Based on a list of reportable adverse events created by the National Quality Forum, in 2010, Minnesota hospitals reported about 2.6 million patient days and more than 10 million outpatient registrations. Ambulatory surgical centers reported more than 216,000 registrations for same-day surgeries.
A full copy of the report (Adverse Health Events in Minnesota, Annual Report January 2012) and additional information can be found on MDH’s Adverse Health Events Web page, at www.health.state.mn.us/patientsafety.