Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’ released its 2014 Annual Report . The report found that high harm events in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities have decreased 45 percent since 2005. High harm events according to Pennsylvania reporting requirements fall into one of three categories: events that occurred and resulted in permanent harm to the patient; events that occurred and resulted in a near-death event; or events that resulted in a patient’s death. In 2014, the data relating to patient deaths shows that events from hospitals that may have contributed to or resulted in the patient’s death decreased by 13 reports [six percent] since 2013. And for last year, the data shows that Serious Events and Incidents have decreased on average four hundred and eighty-six reports per month.
Read more: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority 2014 Annual Report (PDF)