Thousands of incidents and near misses at CUH and Tallaght last year

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There were more than 1,000 incidents and near misses at Cork University Hospital (CUH) last year and more than 100 in the first two months of this year, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned.

Elsewhere, at Tallaght Hospital, there were more than 4,000 incidents and near miss events in 13 months. According to a statement from the hospital, 4,188 incidents and near misses occurred between 1 January 2011 and 14 February this year.

According to documents seen by MI, there were 1,217 incidents in CUH last year, with slips, trips and falls making up the majority at 656. There were also 42 cases of absconsion from the hospital, 225 medication incidents, 11 blood transfusion incidents and two cases of self harm.

There were also 30 radiation incidents, 61 treatment incidents, and 71 equipment and device incidents. Moreover there were also 29 infection control, peri-operative/peri-procedural and discharge incidents last year.

During January and February of this year, there were 104 incidents at CUH, including seven medication and six treatment incidents. There were also 73 reported slip, trips and falls.

Tallaght Hospital declined to provide this publication with details of its incidents and near misses.

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