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The Quality Improvement Committee. Wellington, New Zealand.
Considered a starting point for a national reporting initiative, this series of annual reports provides statistics on serious and sentinel events in New Zealand's 21 District Health Boards. The reports aim to encourage transparency in New Zealand medical practice and bolster knowledge to prevent future errors.
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Under-reporting of deaths to the coroner by doctors: a retrospective review of deaths in two hospitals in Melbourne, Australia.
Charles A, Ranson D, Bohensky M, Ibrahim JE. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19:232-36.
The researchers reviewed inpatient mortality at two Australian hospitals and found that more than half of deaths that met the coroner's reporting criteria were not reported. Such under-reporting limits the ability to detect preventable deaths.
East Perth, WA, Australia: Department of Health of Western Australia; 2006.
This report shares the 2005-2006 results of Western Australia's sentinel event reporting program and documents a reduction in two types of events: wrong site/wrong part surgeries and retained foreign objects.