Wrong-site surgeries in Pennsylvania have decreased by 40 percent since 2007 but are still reported at a rate of one a week, according to the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.
A wrong-site surgery is one that is performed on the wrong side or site, is the wrong procedure or is performed on the wrong patient.
Calling the errors "highly preventable," HAP said 26 hospitals and two ambulatory surgical centers are participating in a program that involves monitoring and best practices, and making progress toward the goal of eliminating wrong-site surgeries for a year.
The program was just one of the initiatives that HAP highlighted in its second annual hospital quality report. Another, involving 37 hospitals, is focused on reducing obstetrical adverse events by 50 percent by December of this year by measures including cutting down on early-term, nonmedically indicated deliveries.
The report also noted a number of serious conditions for which incidents in Pennsylvania hospitals have been significantly reduced in recent years.