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A construction worker suffered brain damage due to hypoxia - lack of oxygen - during surgery and a medication mistake. When he died 2 days later, the hospital didn't report it as a medical error.

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Some states require hospitals to report serious medical errors and mistakes.

If an otherwise healthy patient goes in for routine surgery and suffers brain damage due to hypoxia, or lack of oxygen to his brain, and documented medication error, you would think that qualified as a serious medical mistake.  One Washington hospital didn't think so - they found a loophole to avoid reporting it.

One expert says hospitals are clearly missing the majority of events - all over the country.  And according to one federal study, 93% of serious adverse events are not detected by hospital internal reporting systems.

For an article on the preventable medical mistakes that killed this father and the excuses for not reporting it, click on the title above. 

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