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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sentinel Events In Hospitals - Dr ANNE BRAND - Deputy Secretary - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Sentinel Events In Hospitals - Dr ANNE BRAND - Deputy Secretary - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

All Tasmanian hospitals have policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and quality of clinical services.

However, there is national and international acknowledgement that adverse events occur in all hospital systems.

Thorough processes are in place for review of sentinel adverse events (deaths) in Tasmania’s public hospitals.

In 2005 there were three sentinel event reports following patient deaths from more than 926,000 occasions of service in TASMANIA.

National protocols on confidentiality and de-identification of data mean it would be inappropriate to discuss details of any of these cases.

However, sentinel event reviews aim to address any shortcomings in hospital systems with a view to preventing any recurrence of similar problems and changes have been introduced as a result of findings.

All such deaths are also reported to the Coroner.

In addition, the Royal Australian College of Surgeons independently conducts an audit of surgical mortality.


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