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Nova Scotia says 27 serious events at hospitals in first six months of 2014

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HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Health Department says there were 27 serious medical events at the province's hospitals in the first six months of 2014.

Of those, 21 resulted in adverse health effects leading to death or serious disability while a patient was being cared for.

The numbers include three patients who either died or were injured as the result of a fall and five people who died or suffered injury resulting from a suicide attempt while being cared for in hospital.

The information on medical mistakes has been published on the department's website.

District Health Authorities began providing information on patient safety incidents to the register in December, although the information does not identify patients, health facilities or professionals.

Health Minister Leo Glavine has said the registry is the result of several high-profile mishaps that highlighted the need for a centralized system of information.

The Health Department says each year the province's hospitals see 100,000 in-patient and day-visit surgeries, 665,000 emergency room visits, 100,000 ground and air ambulance transports and more than one million diagnostic imaging tests.

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