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John B. Wells
John B. Wells
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A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 180,000 Medicare patients die each year as the result of medical errors. Statistics show the problem is increasing each year. In Oregon, reporting serious mishaps is still voluntary, 32 deaths were attributed to medical mistakes in 2009. Bethany Higgins with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission says her group is working to eliminate the causes: "The great thing about our reporting program is, it extends far beyond just hospitals, so it's across the continuum. We have nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers. We're even adding pharmacies and renal dialysis. So we're far more reaching that just looking at hospitals." Higgins says most health providers do report incidents.  56 of the states 58 hospitals, 78 percent of nursing homes and more than half of the ambulatory or outpatient surgery centers are reporting serious adverse events to the Commission.


Traffic & Weather

  • Chains or Traction Tires required on the mountain passes and Highway 97 South of Bend.
  • Traffic signals at US 97 and Pinebrook Blvd. turned off permanently.
  • Lane closure on Boyd Acres Road at Ross Road; 7am - 4:30pm through December 10
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