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Federal Report Questions Current Missouri Medical Practices

November 29, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

Currently, Missouri does not make public, reports of medical errors that cause death. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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A new federal report says that between 40 and 100-thousand people die each year because of medical errors. According to Lois Kollmeyer, director of Health Standards for Missouri, the state's current system doesn't make reports of such accidents available to the public...

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Contents: KOLLMEYER SAYS THAT THE PUBLIC CAN GET REPORTS ABOUT CERTAIN HOSPITALS, BUT NOT ABOUT SPECIFIC MEDICAL ERRORS THAT LEAD TO DEATH.

The report by the National Academy of Sciences asked for each state to make all information about accidental deaths available to the public.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


A new federal report is asking for all medical errors that cause patient deaths, to be available to the public. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Currently, Missouri does not offer public information regarding medical errors that lead to patient deaths. And, Lois Kollmeyer, Director of Missouri Health Standards, says no immediate changes are in store ...

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Contents: KOLLMEYER SAYS IT'S STILL TO EARLY TO MAKE ANY DRASTIC CHANGES AND THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING ARE STILL THE BEST CURES FOR THE ACCIDENTS.

The federal report also asks that a federal agency be created to look into the problem.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.