Clarification on Reporting Medication Errors and Serious Injuries

June 01, 2013

DBHDS has posted a revision and clarification of earlier information concerning the reporting requirements on medication errors which significantly narrows the previous interpretation which was presented during the several CHRIS training sessions.  This interpretation appears to be much closer to what is actually required under the current regulations.  While it still requires a report of possible neglect for staff actions which could be purely accidental; it does focus on errors which do have the potential for causing real harm such as administering the wrong dose, or to the wrong person. The “Guidance” on the reporting of Serious Injuries simply restates the current definition of serious injuries and, therefore, only requires reporting injuries which result in bodily damage, harm or loss which requires the treatment of an health care professional.