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Parkland Makes Progress on CAP, but Safety Concerns Remain

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2012

Parkland Health and Hospital System continues to make progress on the hundreds of tasks that it must complete by April 2013 to meet the terms of its systems improvement agreement (SIA), according to the June 2012 monthly progress report from Alvarez & Marsal, the independent safety consultant hired to oversee the process.

The report, however,  notes ongoing concerns regarding the number of patient care, patient safety, and adverse events that have continued to occur at Parkland despite the implementation of a corrective action plan, the daily presence of A&M, and "numerous state visits regarding adverse patient events."

Among the "adverse quality and safety events:" wrong site surgery, medication errors, and EMTALA (Emergency Medical treatment and Active Labor Act) compliance issues.

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