Serious Reportable Events (SREs)

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Serious reportable events (SREs) are those in health care resulting in death, serious injury, or significant harm to patients. Defined by the National Quality Forum (NQF), they are also known as “never events” because they should never happen in health care facilities. Initially defined by the NQF in 2002, the list of 27 SREs was updated in 2006. According to an October 2008 factsheet by the NQF, 28 SREs (classified into one of six categories) are now presented so that policies and procedures can be taken to improve patient safety and reduce such medical errors.

Surgical Events

  • Surgery performed on the wrong body part
  • Surgery performed on the wrong patient
  • Wrong surgical procedure performed on a patient
  • Unintended retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery or other procedure
  • Intraoperative or immediately postoperative death in an ASA Class I patient

Product of Device Events

  • Infant discharged to the wrong person
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with patient leaving the facility without permission
  • Patient suicide, or attempted suicide, resulting in serious disability while being cared for in a healthcare facility

Patient Protection Events

  • Infant discharged to the wrong person
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with patient leaving the facility without permission
  • Patient suicide, or attempted suicide, resulting in serious disability while being cared for in a healthcare facility

Care Management Events

  • Patient death or serious disability associated with a medication error (e.g. errors involving the wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong patient, wrong time, wrong rate, wrong preparation or wrong route of administration)
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with a hemolytic reaction (abnormal breakdown of red blood cells) due to the administration of ABO/HLA – incompatible blood or blood products
  • Maternal death or serious disability associated with labor or delivery in a low-risk pregnancy while being cared for in a healthcare facility
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with hypoglycemia, the onset of which occurs while the patient is being cared for in a healthcare facility
  • Death or serious disability associated with failure to identify and treat hyperbilirubinemia (condition where there is a high amount of bilirubin in the blood) in newborns
  • Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers acquired after admission to a healthcare facility
  • Patient death or serious disability due to spinal manipulative therapy
  • Artificial insemination with the wrong donor sperm or wrong egg

Environmental Events

  • Patient death or serious disability associated with an electric shock while being cared for in a healthcare facility
  • Any incident in which a line designated for oxygen or other gas to be delivered to a patient contains the wrong gas or is contaminated by toxic substances
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with a burn incurred from any source while being cared for in a healthcare facility
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with a fall while being cared for in a healthcare facility
  • Patient death or serious disability associated with the use of restraints or bedrails while being cared for in a healthcare facility

Criminal Events

  • Any instance of care ordered by or provided by someone impersonating a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare provider
  • Abduction of a patient of any age
  • Sexual assault on a patient within or on the grounds of a healthcare facility
  • Death or significant injury of a patient or staff member resulting from a physical assault (i.e., battery) that occurs within or on the grounds of a healthcare facility

The 28 SREs are created and endorsed to increase public accountability (by health care organizations) and consumer access to information about health care performance. Accordingly, the NQF recommends a national state-based reporting of SREs. More than 25 states require licensed health care facilities to report SREs. As of October 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will reduce payment for many complications deemed preventable because they are on the NQF’s SRE list. The NQF also created 30 safe practices in health care (Safe Practices for Better Healthcare) that should be used alongside the SRE list to reduce the risk of harm to patients.

The NQF’s SRE list reflect consensus among representatives of all parts of the health care system. This consensus supports a victim’s right to seek legal compensation when a SRE’s occur as they are considered “never events.” Accordingly, when an SRE does occur, victims need to seek legal assistance from qualified professional attorneys that are experienced in medical malpractice including medical mistakes (or medical errors).

Please explore this list of SREs. If you or a friend or relative has experienced a negative event at a health care facility, and the experience is similar to one of the items on the SRE list, then you know that event is serious and should not have happened.

The NQF’s effort to place attention on patient safety and eliminate the occurrence of SREs is commendable. The “serious” verbiage in the acronym “SRE” demonstrates how such proceedings in a health care environment can cause potentially long-term negative or even grave results to patients seeking medical services. Accordingly, any individual who has been the victim of an SRE should contact an experienced law firm to receive legal advice and counsel.

Health care facilities are required to maintain documentation concerning each instance of an SRE. As a victim, you are entitled to receive such information. The personal injury lawyers at Seeger Weiss LLP are experienced at helping victims obtain such information and navigate through the legal system when an SRE has caused harm.

For more information concerning how the Seeger Weiss law firm can help you with victimization from a SRE, please complete the contact or free case evaluation form. You may also call Seeger Weiss at (888) 584-0411. Seeger Weiss provides a free case evaluation and is eager to assist you with your questions concerning a preventable SRE.

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