July 19, 2007 | Mark Paradies

New California Law Requires Hospitals to Report Adverse Events

As of July 1, 2007, California law SB 1301 requires hospitals to report adverse events within five days to the California Department of Health Services (DHS). The law categorizes 27 types of adverse events that require reporting. What if the event is an ongoing, urgent or emergency threat to the welfare, health or safety of patients, personnel or visitors? Then the hospital must report the event within 24 hours.

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