Number of preventable medical errors reach record high in Indiana

Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in Indiana reported 114 medical errors last year, a record high number of such preventable events since the state started medical error reporting in 2006.

The Indiana State Department of Health released its 2014 medical error report earlier this month. Prior to this report, the average number of reportable events sat at 102.3 events.

In 2014, 102 medical errors occurred in hospitals and 12 occurred in ambulatory surgery centers, according to the report.

The following are the four most common medical errors reported to the ISDH:

  1. Stage three or four pressure ulcers: 44
  2. Retained foreign object after surgery: 27
  3. Wrong-site surgery: 21
  4. Falls resulting in death or serious disability: 10

Access the full report here.

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