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Court sides with Ingalls Memorial Hospital over patient safety report

Court sides with Ingalls Memorial Hospital over patient safety report

Ingalls Memorial Hospital does not have to turn over reports it submitted to its patient safety organization, according to a recent ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court.

The information was sought in a malpractice suit alleging that Ingalls failed to adequately monitor and treat the blood glucose levels of a patient who later died.

In an amicus brief filed with the court, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association argued that the reports are protected by federal law, and taking away that protection could deter hospitals from creating the voluntary records. Many hospitals in the state submit materials to third-party safety organizations which use the information to analyze incidents and develop recommendations for improving patient care.

“Removing this privilege and unwinding the patient safety system created by the federal Patient Safety Act will discourage participation in this national patient safety movement and will impede efforts to improve patient care and safe healthcare practices for the citizens of this state,” wrote IHA. Similar statements were filed by the Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

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