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Indiana Hospital and Surgery Center Critical Errors rise to a Five Year Peak in 2010

Indiana hospital and surgery center critical errors increased to 107 in 2010 from 94 the previous year according to the Indiana State Department of Health. 

Fort Wayne’s Parkview Hospital lead the way, reporting five incidents. This put them into a tie with a South Bend hospital for the most critical errors for any individual hospital in the state.

The five errors at Parkview Hospital included:

  • One surgery performed on the wrong body part
  • One suicide or attempted suicide resulting in serious disability
  • Two cases of serious bedsores
  • One death or serious disability associated with a fall

Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital’s reportable errors were related to serious bedsores.

Fort Wayne’s Dupont Hospital reported:

  • One case of a foreign object being left inside a surgery patient
  • One death or serious disability associated with a fall

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, were the most common error with 34 cases reported in 2010. Foreign objects left in surgery patients was the second most common error with 33 cases reported.

Reports like the one the Indiana State Department of Heath generates promote transparency and helps patients protect themselves.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of an error in an Indiana Hospital or Surgery Center, please contact Sweeney Law Firm and let our medical experts review the facts to determine if you have a case. Sweeney Law Firm reviews possible hospital malpractice cases at no charge, and works on a contingency fee basis. There is no cost for representation unless there is a cash recovery for you.