2012 Hospital Adverse Events 01 Feb 13

A new report shows that the number of “adverse health events” in Minnesota hospitals remained relatively unchanged in 2012, although patient deaths and serious injuries were up. The state Health Department says there were 14 deaths last year compared to five in 2011, and the number of serious injuries went from 84 in 2011 to 89 in 2012. Officials blame serious falls for the increases. During the same period, serious bedsores decreased 8%, retained foreign objects declined by 16% and medication errors dropped 75%. The New Ulm Medical Center reported 2 incidents of the wrong surgery being performed, out of the more than 16,500 surgeries performed there last year. The Sleepy Eye Medical Center reported only a single fall of a person being cared for there. The Renville County Hospital also had only 1 patient fall, while the Glencoe Hospital reported an incident of a foreign object being left in a patient after a surgery.