Lex Maria

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Lex Maria is the colloquial name for the mandatory reporting in Chapter 3 Paragraph 5 of the Swedish Patient Safety Law (Patientsäkerhetslagen). The law requires that a care taker report to the Health and Social Care Inspectorate events that could have caused or have caused serious injury to the patient.[1] The name originates from an incident in 1936 when four patients at Maria hospital in Stockholm died after being injected with disinfectant instead of anesthetic.[2]


  1. ^ "Lex Maria". www.socialstyrelsen.se (in Swedish). National Board of Health and Welfare (Sweden). Archived from the original on 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  2. ^ Wennergren, Göran (2005). "Fyra dödande injektioner ledde fram till Lex Maria" [Four fatal injections led to Lex Maria] (PDF). Läkartidningen (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 June 2016.