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Report: 114 medical errors reported in Indiana in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday released the report that shows the number of medical errors in the state over the past year.

According to the 2014 Indiana Medical Error Reporting System annual report, pressure ulcers, or bed sores, were the most reported adverse event.

Among the 287 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers that were surveyed, 114 incidents were reported. All of those occurred in hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers, health officials said.

The most reported incidents in 2014 were:

  • 44 stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the hospital
  • 27 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient after surgery
  • 21 surgeries performed on the wrong body part
  • 10 falls resulting in a death or serious disability

According to officials, there were 111 incidents reported in 2013. Indiana became the second state to adopt the National Quality Forum’s reporting standards back in 2006.