Laguna Honda asked to check error files

Laguna Honda Hospital was one of 87 hospitals asked by state public health officials to look more carefully at their files because they have not reported a single medical error since 2007.

Over that time, all acute-care hospitals have been required to report a host of medical errors to state officials, but about 20 percent of the state’s hospitals have failed to report even one, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

State officials gave the remaining hospitals time to recheck their records, skeptical that so many could have zero medical errors over three years.

But officials at Laguna Honda, The City’s public nursing care home, say that in fact they have not had any medical errors. Though the hospital has 780 beds, Laguna Honda only needs to report mistakes that happen in about 15 of them — the hospital’s small acute-care unit, said hospital spokesman Marc Slavin.

Slavin said those 15 acute-care beds have been error-free since 2007. He said the state has asked the hospital for two separate certifications — including once in the past few days — attesting that there have not been any errors in those beds.

“We do report events when they happen, but there are no reports in any of those categories for those 15 beds,” Slavin said.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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