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Report Lists Never Events For Hospital Care in Canada

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A group of Canadian health care organizations have created a list of patient safety incidents (known as never events) that should never happen in hospitals.

Led by Health Quality Ontario and supported by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, the new report: Never Events for Hospital Care in Canada, says all never events are preventable using organizational checks and balances.

A few never events in the report include:

  • Surgery on the wrong body part or wrong patient, or conducting the wrong procedure
  • Wrong tissue, biological implant or blood product given to a patient
  • Unintended foreign object left in a patient after a procedure

To create the report, the group of health care quality organizations from across Canada, known as the Never Events Action Team, researched, surveyed and consulted with providers, patients and the public before recommending a list of never events in Canada’s health care system.

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