Doctors in Norway are obliged by law to submit reports to central authorities about injuries and risk of injury arising from medical equipment and drugs. Deaths following health care procedures must be reported to the police, and major injuries to the County Medical Officer. Most hospitals have their own rules requiring health care providers to report all incidents resulting in injury or risk of injury. The author contends that fewer than 5% of the injuries are reported. Neither the law, nor the hospital rules, require that the incidents in general are evaluated, with feed-back to the care providers. Most incidents do not seem to be evaluated. There is much left to do, both in building a set of regulations and in implementing better hospital practice, by using records of injuries and mishaps to identify and prevent further mishaps.
Comment In: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1992 Dec 10;112(30):38401485306