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"HA Risk Alert" latest issue published
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The 57th issue of "HA Risk Alert" is published today (April 24) by the Hospital Authority (HA) as a risk management and communication initiative to further strengthen the reporting and monitoring of medical incidents in public hospitals.
     In the fourth quarter of 2019 (October - December), there were eight Sentinel Events reported, including five cases of retained instrument after surgery/interventional procedure, one case of inpatient suicide, one case of wrong side procedure and one case of other category. Among the 10 reported Serious Untoward Events, there were nine related to medication error and one patient misidentification.
     "Subsequent to incident review and analysis of root causes of these incidents, important lessons of patient safety are identified, while recommendations are made and shared in this publication to avoid similar events in future," the HA spokesperson said.
     The Hospital Authority Head Office has released the latest "HA Risk Alert" to all staff. It can also be accessed by the public at www.ha.org.hk/riskalert . "HA Risk Alert" is published on a quarterly basis and posted on the HA website every last working Friday in the months of January, April, July and October. The next issue is scheduled on July 31, 2020 (Friday).
Ends/Friday, April 24, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:23
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