Medical Mistakes Report: Rates Increasing in Minnesota
A January 2009 report released by the Minnesota Department of Health indicates the number of deaths and injuries from medical errors or accidents rose in 2008. Between October 2007 and October 2008, 18 patients died and approximately 100 patients suffered serious injuries due to medical mistakes, accidents and/or medical negligence in Minnesota hospitals.
The report indicated that ten deaths and many of the reported injuries were the result of patient falls. Medical mistake reports noted 77 incidences of surgical errors, which included 21 surgeries on the wrong body part and two procedures performed on the wrong patient.
The report noted that 312 adverse events were reported, an increase from 125 in the previous year, but noted the increase was due to more stringent reporting requriements.
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