The Indiana Department of Health has released its final report on medical errors occurring in 2006. Terry Whitson, Assistant Commissioner for Health Care Regulatory Services, says the report documents 79 medical errors that occurred at hospitals, and six errors at ambulatory surgery centers. Those numbers are slightly higher than the number of errors made public in the preliminary report released earlier this year.
Whitson says Indiana data is being compared to the number of medical errors documented by state authorities in Minnesota, since Indiana and Minnesota are the only two states currently compiling data on medical errors. The number of medical errors in Indiana was slightly lower than in Minnesota. State officials hope Indiana’s new medical error reporting system will improve patient safety. Whitson says now that the numbers are in for 2006, steps are being taken to prevent future mistakes.
Whitson says the biggest problem documented in Indiana last year was the frequency of pressure ulcers, or bed sores, resulting from hospitalization. He says all hospitals and nursing homes in the state will participate in a conference in October solely on the subject of preventing pressure ulcers.