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ISDH releases Indiana Medical Errors Reporting System Final Report for 2010

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Indiana State Department of Health released the Indiana Medical Errors Reporting System Final Report for 2010.  This is the fifth Indiana Medical Error Report and presents information about reportable events occurring in Indiana health care facilities between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. The Indiana Medical Error Report for 2010 is based on data received by the Indiana State Department of Health prior to August 1, 2011.

Indiana’s Medical Error Reporting System requires that hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics, and birthing centers report any reportable event that occurs within that facility. For 2010, there were a total of two hundred and ninety-five (295) facilities required to report. One hundred and seven (107) events were reported for 2010. One hundred and two (102) events occurred
at hospitals while five (5) events occurred at ambulatory surgery centers.

The one hundred and seven (107) reported events for 2010 is an increase from the 94 events reported for 2009. The number of events is the highest in the five-year history of reporting but only slightly higher than the 105 events reported in 2007 and 2008. The most reported event for 2010 was stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers acquired after admission followed closely by retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery.

Read full report: Indiana Medical Errors Reporting System Final Report for 2010 (pdf)

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