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Florida Statutes § 458.351

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“Reports of adverse incidents in office practice settings under the regulation of professions and occupations law”

Any adverse incident that occurs in a physician’s office must be reported to the Department of Health within 15 days after the adverse incident occurred.

An adverse incident is an act by a physician which results in the following patient injuries:

  • The death of a patient;
  • Brain or spinal damage to a patient;
  • The performance of a surgical procedure on the wrong patient;
  • The performance of a wrong-site surgical procedure, a wrong surgical procedure, or the surgical repair of damage to a patient resulting from a planned surgical procedure where the damage is not a recognized specific risk as disclosed to the patient and documented through the informed-consent process;
  • A procedure to remove unplanned foreign objects remaining from a surgical procedure; or
  • Any condition that required the transfer of a patient to a hospital from any facility or office maintained by a physician.


Current as of June 2015