Minnesota patients who died from adverse events, including falls or medication errors, increased to 24 from 12 a year earlier, according to a 12-month snapshot of preventable disability and deaths published by the Minnesota Health Department. Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and regional treatment facilities reported 154 adverse events between Oct. 7, 2005, and Oct. 6, 2006, including 24 tied to patient deaths and seven that led to serious disabilities. The most commonly reported preventable events were pressure ulcers and bedsores; objects left inside patients after surgery; and wrong-site surgery. Twelve deaths were linked to patient falls. The report, now in its third year, tracks 27 types of incidents that threaten patient safety and gives a facility-by-facility breakdown of adverse events. View the report. -- by Melanie Evans
Minn. deaths from adverse events double
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