Medical errors: The full list

- September 18th, 2012

Medical errors — or “critical incidents” as health officials call them — are reported to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. All deaths at hospitals, personal care homes and long-term care facilities are now automatically reviewed by the WRHA to determine if they are critical incidents. Critical incidents may be reported up to two years after they occur but not all of them are reported. Which means the number of medical errors is likely higher to some degree than the numbers show. Health authorities encourage medical staff to report critical incidents so they can be reviewed and so that recommendations can be made to try to avoid future mistakes. Here is a breakdown by facility of the number of critical incidents reported to the WRHA for the years 2007 to 2012.

Medical Errors 2007-2012

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  1. Ghostlytrio says:

    I have had my reservations about where I put my father who suffered from Alzheimer’s. The home was always nice to me and for the most part the staff appeared to truly care for him.

    Many times I’d show up and find his wrists and arms badly bruised. I’d inquire what happened and was told that he must have hurt himself bumping his wrists etc on the hand rails up and down the halls. My father was a stationary engineer when he remembered, so he’d constantly go inspecting the areas for anything of concern.

    My point is, I found out much later by staff who I came to know personally, that because of the tendency for residents with Alzheimer’s to progress in their disease, they became aggressive or combative, so restraint was required. However I was lied to all the time he was there.

    What has always plagued me since he died, is that his last day at the home, he was apparently found, in the middle of the hallway, flat on his back with a broken hip, or so I was told. He died approximately 2 weeks after being in the hospital from pneumonia that developed while there. That was 6 years ago and with this new information all I can say is……. Really?
    I saw him about 2 times a week. Guilt about not seeing him more often, or digging deeper has always made me wonder. Now so more than ever.
    Don’t wait when it concerns your loved one.

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