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Minnesota Dept of Health report finds number of adverse health events in Minnesota fell in 2013

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The Minnesota Department of Health has released two reports, the Adverse Health Events in Minnesota Report, January 2013, and the 10 Year Adverse Health Events Evaluation Report. 2013 to mark the 10-year anniversary of Minnesota’s Adverse Health Events reporting system that tracks 28 types of serious events, such as wrong-site surgeries, severe pressure ulcers, falls, or serious medication errors, which should rarely or never happen. Before the system was launched, there was no statewide system for assessing how frequently preventable errors such as these happened in hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers.  Deaths and patient harm related to adverse events in hospitals and other facilities have been trending in a downward direction during the 10 years that the Minnesota Department of Health has required hospitals to report on preventable errors.

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