PRESS RELEASE- Feb. 26, 2015
Mille Lacs Health System
Mary Rains: 320-532-2608
Mille Lacs Health System has no adverse events
The 11th annual adverse events health report, put out by the Minnesota Hospital Association, (MHA) was released on Thurs., Feb. 26th. Initiated by the MHA and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and created through state legislation in 2003, the system is the first in the nation to be built on the National Quality Forum's list of 28 reportable adverse events. The MDH and MHA produce an annual report of adverse events that have occurred in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and regional treatment centers.
Mille Lacs Health System had no adverse events in the year 2014.
Ninety percent of facilities in the state self-report safety event and medical error information in order to share existing safeguards, identify common safety issues and facilitate new collaborative solutions among hospitals. The reporting is needed by hospitals to become more aware of medical errors, catch those errors, and encourage staff at medical facilities to report these events without fear of reprisal. In the 15 years that MHA has been spearheading patient safety efforts, hospitals have shown remarkable commitment to improving patient safety.
Mille Lacs Health System Quality Manager Greg Larson said that statewide adverse events can range from surgical errors to medications to pressure ulcers. “The reporting system provides a process for learning and improvement,” Larson said. “We take transparency seriously, and we also want to learn from one another.”
Statewide, falls are an issue for communities in general. MLHS received a grant last year to measure and assess that problem with patients who visit the facility. This year, the healthcare system will continue to collect data and explore resources that will be available to the community to assist with the problem.
“Having a positive year regarding adverse events is definitely something to feel good about,” said MLHS COO Kim Kucera, “But that never means we sit back and are complacent. From surgery to clinical and hospital practices, we are implementing our safe campaigns consistently.” Kucera said that MLHS has on staff a full-time safety coordinator to make sure more resources are directed at both patient and employee safety.