If you’ve suffered a medication error, you may be interested in collecting
data to back up your claim and to show evidence of previous errors made
by a hospital or facility. The fact is that Ohio is a difficult state
to do this in, because many types of medical facilities have been deregulated.
Something to understand about Ohio is that there are no error reporting
programs in place for hospitals. If a patient suffers an adverse event
because of medication errors, it won’t be reported on the whole.
That’s part of why these issues aren’t seen publicly or on
yearly surveys; the data isn’t collected, so it can’t be investigated.
Not all public or private facilities are deregulated. That means that some
facilities will have to report incidents that take place. There are six
facility types that will always report medication and medical errors.
These include nursing homes, freestanding dialysis centers, ambulatory
surgical facilities, freestanding rehabilitation centers, freestanding
birthing centers, freestanding mobile diagnostic imaging centers and freestanding
radiation therapy centers. These facilities still don’t report true
incidents; instead, they show outcome numbers instead of individualized
data on each event.
Despite not having a statewide reporting process, hospitals still have
to adopt rules for safety standards. There are data reporting requirements
for some procedures, as well. Things like the operation of gamma knives,
cobalt radiation units and stem cell harvesting are required to be reported.
Obstetric and newborn care must also be reported. By reporting incidents
in care, it’s easier for these facilities to identify error rates
and ways to improve patient safety on the whole.