Indiana Department of Health Release Medical Errors Report


The Indiana Department of Health says the state's hospitals and surgery centers reported 77-serious medical errors in 2006.

That information is from the preliminary medical mistake report released Tuesday.

It shows 23-cases of severe bed sores, 21-cases of leaving a foreign object in a surgery patient, and 6-deaths or serious disabilities from medication errors.

Nine surgeries were performed on the wrong body part, and two were performed on the wrong patient.

Governor Mitch Daniels says the report is a way to make Hoosier hospitals better.

Governor Daniels said, “My first day in this room, I signed an executive order to require that we begin collecting errors about medical errors, serious medical errors in Hoosier hospitals and institutions. The system has responded very well, Indiana is now with Minnesota, the leading state in America at collecting this information, not for purposes of incrimination or punishment, but for purposes of improvement."

Of the 77 mistakes, five occurred at major Michiana hospitals.

Elkhart General reported two mistakes, Memorial, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Our Lady of Peace Hospital at St. Joe each reported one.


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