Results Are In For Indiana Hospital Mistakes in 2006

The Indiana State Department of Health will soon release the first report on the number of mistakes made at Indiana hospitals this year.

Vice President of the Indiana Hospital and Health Association, Bob Morr, says he expects about 100 to 150 reported mistakes in 2006.

He says that is a small number compared to the 700,000 inpatient admissions and 628,000 surgeries in the state each year.

The Department of Health approved permanent regulations this year that require hospitals to report 27 types of mistakes.

They include deaths from medication errors, surgeries on the wrong person or body part, patient suicide attempts and releasing infants to the wrong person.

The agency began collecting the information last year following an executive order by Governor Mitch Daniels.

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