Hospital Adverse Event Annual Report 19 Jan 12

State health officials are reporting a slight increase in reportable adverse events in Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers. The Minnesota Health Department’s Diane Rydrych says the total number of adverse events rose from 305 in 2010 to 316 in 2011, but the number of incidents that resulted in serious harm or death were down. There were 89 serious injuries or deaths last year, compared with 107 in 2010. In the local area, the New Ulm Medical Center reported 1 adverse event last year: a serious disability caused by a fall in the facility. The Hutchinson Hospital had 2 serious disabilities caused by falls, the Fairmont Mayo Hospital had 1 incident of a surgery being performed on the wrong body part and the South Central Surgical Center in Fairmont had 1 case of the wrong surgical procedure being performed. The Mankato Mayo Hospital had 1 incident of retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery, and the Sleepy Eye Medical Center had 1 incident of a serious disability from a fall. The full report can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website.