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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Using adverse event reporting can increase patient safety, device quality

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Compliance with adverse event reporting mechanisms can have a positive impact on patient safety and orthopaedic device quality, according to investigators for Scientific Exhibit SE064. For example, implant recalls may be issued earlier, saving patients from an unnecessary major procedure.

Although physicians generally agree with the importance of adverse event reporting activities, many are unaware of the reporting tools available to them. Researchers found several adverse event reporting tools that are readily available to orthopaedic surgeons, their clinics and the hospitals where they practice.

The exhibit includes information on both national and state adverse event reporting requirements. The presenters use orthopaedic case reports to enhance the importance of such requirements. They present paper-based, electronic and Web-based solutions, in a hands-on fashion. All presented solutions are freely available to providers to facilitate compliance to adverse event reporting requirements.

This exhibit provides an explanation of adverse event reporting requirements, both on a national and state level. It also exmines how adverse event reporting affects patients' safety. Investigators will also provide low- and no-cost reporting solutions available to hospitals and clinics as well as information on how to obtain and use information from existing national adverse event resources.

Researchers include Michael Tanner, MS, and Gloria Bradley, BSN, both of Royal Oak, Mich.

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