Medical errors reported by Minnesota hospitals on the rise

Minnesota hospitals reported 336 medical errors, including four that resulted in patient deaths and 106 that caused serious injury to patients, according to Star Tribune coverage of the state's annual adverse events report.

The report includes medical errors reported from Oct. 7, 2015 to Oct. 6, 2016. The 336 medical errors reported in that time span is up from 316 reported in 2015 and the 308 reported in 2014.

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The top five most common medical errors reported by Minnesota hospitals last year were:

  • Pressure ulcers — 129
  • Falls — 72
  • Biological specimen misplacement — 31
  • Wrong-site surgery — 30
  • Retained foreign objects — 26

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