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The Minnesota Department of Health has recently released information about the incidence of medical mistakes that resulted in an adverse health event. It hopes that other states will follow its example so that the information can be used to improve healthcare. It reported that 20 people died and 4 were seriously disabled in 99 hospital incidents which occurred over 15 months. Over half of these incidents occurred during surgery with most involving a surgical object such as a sponge being left inside the patient following surgery. Care management including medication errors and newborn deaths caused the next highest number of incidents (31 incidents). 75% of those who suffered an adverse event had no long term effects excluding those who died or became disabled.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News Tribune
About: Hospital errors reported
Date: 19 January 2005
Source: News Tribune
Author: John Myers
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