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– NEW MEXICO –
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Medical Errors and Patient Safety

Definitions

New Mexico Administrative Code provides definitions for reportable “incidents” for Outpatient Facilities, Adult Day Care Facilities, and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), but the definitions are slightly different for each medical entitiy. Six (6) different occurrences are included in the definitions for these three types of facilities that have mandatory reporting:

  • •   All three types of medical entities require “Incident” reports for:
    • 1. environmental disasters (fire, flood, etc.),
    • 2. contagious/notifiable disease outbreak, and
    • 3. abuse (as defined by the “Resident Abuse and Neglect Act” NMSA 1978), (plus Adult Day care Facilities specifically includes sexual abuse).
  • •  Adult Day Care Facilities is alone in reporting
    • 4. lost or missing participants as reportable “incidents.
  • •  Adult Day Care Facilities require reporting of occurences that may / may not reflect medical error:
    • 5. “accidents or injuries requiring medical care,”
  • •  Lastly, Outpatient Facilities and ICF/MRs are required to report:
    • 6. “any serious human errors by staff members of the facility which has resulted in the death, serious illness, or physical impairment of a patient.” These errors are not further interpreted by the Department of Health.
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