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Indiana State DOH releases medical errors for 2008

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The Indiana State Department of Health released the annual report of the Indiana Medical Error Reporting System (MERS), which includes reported events for calendar year 2008. The report is designed to provide reliable data on medical errors and improve patient safety. According to the data, 105 events were reported for 2008 with 99 events occurring at hospitals and six events occurring at ambulatory surgery centers.

According to the 2008 report, 33 of the 105 reported events were stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the facility. The other most frequently reported events include: 30 events of retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery; and 16 events of surgery performed on the wrong body part.

In January 2005 Governor Daniels issued an executive order creating the medical error reporting system. This report is the third report issued by the department. The 105 events reported for 2008 compares with 105 reported events in 2007 and 85 reported events in 2006. Pressure ulcers has been the top reported event is all three years.

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