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Over 100 Self-Reported Medical Errors in Indiana Hospitals in 2014

By Jack H. FarnbauchNovember 27, 2016

In a yearly review of Indiana healthcare facilities, 114 medical errors were reported in 2014. The state health department said 287 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers were surveyed for its annual report. A medical error is defined preventable adverse effect of care, whether or not it is evident or harmful to the patient. This might include an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection, or other ailment. 

In its yearly review of errors by Hoosier medical centers, the Indiana State Department of Health said that pressure ulcers, or bedsores, were again the most common “serious adverse events” for patients. Pressure ulcers accounted for 44 adverse events recorded by Indiana hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in 2014. The next-most common error was foreign objects left in patients after surgeries, which occurred in 27 instances. The 114 errors are the most reported in a year since the state health department began compiling data in 2006. The number has topped 100 errors in seven of the nine years studied.

You can read more about the reported errors at this webpage.