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ISDH reports increased medical errors in health facilities last year
e-Reports, Oct 20, 2014
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Most medical errors in health facilities around the state increased from 2012 to 2013, according to data released by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). A total of 293 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers were surveyed.

A total of 111 incidents were reported in 2013, up from 100 last year. Nine events occurred at ambulatory surgery centers, while 102 events occurred at hospitals.

“The purpose of the Medical Error Reporting System is to identify sources of significant opportunities to improve quality of care for Hoosiers,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “This is part of the Indiana State Department of Health’s continuing efforts to improve health and care for Hoosiers.”

Pressure ulcers have been the most reported problem for seven of the eight years error data have been collected. Only the number of reported falls resulting in a death or serious disability decreased in 2013.

No reportable events were submitted by abortion clinics or birthing centers, which is not unusual because of their limited services.

Indiana began collecting medical error data in 2006 and was the second state to adopt the National Quality Forum’s reporting standards. ISDH officials noted that the information can help physicians and health care providers:

  • Increase awareness of the problem of medical errors
  • Analyze data to make improvements
  • Encourage a culture of open discussion

Find the complete report at in.gov.

Medical errors chart

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