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Kentucky passed a law that protects healthcare workers from being criminally prosecuted for medical errors. One of the upsides is that physicians, nurses, and other practitioners might be encouraged to report errors to improve patient safety. In terms of workforce, the state’s nurses association believes the law’s protections will help recruit more nurses to the profession, as reported by MedPage Today. State licensing boards can still review mistakes and take action as necessary. A ceremony to sign the first-in-the-nation legislation was held on May 17 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Keep this in mind: Noting in the law shields medical providers from civil liability, and it does not protect against intentional, malicious, or reckless misconduct.

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Kentucky First State to Decriminalize Medical Errors