In the second year of its operation, the Nova Scotia Medical Error Registry had recorded an increase in reported errors from 77 in 2014, to 128 in 2015, according to numbers released in the province's Serious Reportable Events database. That increase may not reflect an increase in errors, but rather a shift in practice, as the reporting of errors becomes part of the culture of improving health care.
In our practice, we get a number of calls from people who have suffered injuries due to infections contracted during their hospital stay. Studies have shown that more than 220,000 Canadians develop infections during a hospital stay each year and, on average, these infections kill 22 patients each day - more than leukemia and breast cancer combined.
Children with cerebral palsy and their families continue to face challenges accessing medical care and services in rural locations. Two families told their story to the Vancouver Sun. Both are in receipt of legal settlements as a result of the medical errors made around the time of their birth. Both families describe their frustration and struggles in accessing the medical care their children need in the northern hometowns.