Minn. medical mistakes up, but fewer cases of harm 19 Jan 12

By ALEXANDRA TEMPUS
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Serious mistakes in Minnesota hospitals rose slightly in the past year, but health officials say serious injuries and deaths have fallen to their lowest point in the past four years.

The data is in a new report on medical mistakes that hospitals are required to track.

They reported 316 so-called “adverse health events,” up from 305 the year before. Those led to 89 deaths, down sharply from 107 the year before.

Officials say the overall increase is due to more reported cases of pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, and “wrong procedures.” They say the incorrect procedures may be done due to miscommunication between clinics and hospitals.

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