TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - In Tippecanoe County, Franciscan St. Elizabeth East hospital had one reportable incident in 2012 and IU Health Arnett had two.
The 2012 Medical Errors Report from the Indiana State Department of Health shows the number of serious bed sores reported in the state's hospitals
Stage three or four bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, have been the most reported incident in six of the seven years the report has been compiled and average about 30 incidents per year.
The report said a total of 100 medical errors were reported in 2012, the same number as 2011.
The other most common medical errors last year were 19 incidents of a foreign object left in patients after surgery, 15 surgeries performed on the wrong body part, and 14 falls resulting in deaths or serious disabilities.
Former Governor Mitch Daniels issued an executive order to implement the reporting system to increase accountability by licensed care facilities.
The 2012 Medical Errors Report showed an increase in the number of deaths associated with contaminated drugs because of a meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy.
Licensed facilities across Indiana have averaged about 100 reported errors per year since reporting began.
The most reported incidents in 2012 included:
- 30 stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the hospital
- 19 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient after surgery
- 15 surgeries performed on the wrong body part
- 14 falls resulting in death or serious disability
Reports of stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission decreased from 41 in 2011 to 30 in 2012.
St. Franciscan St. Elizabeth East reported one case of a State Three or Four pressure ulcer acquired after admission. The hospital performed 16,419 procedures in 2012. It had 10,379 inpatient discharges, 45,030 outpatient visits and 10,379 inpatient discharges.
IU Health Arnett had two reportable incidents included: performing surgery on the wrong body part and leaving a foreign object in a patient after surgery. I.U. Health Arnett reported performing 19,266 procedures, 10,043 inpatient discharges and 42,206 outpatient visits.
Each licensed clinic is given a copy of their error report in June to be examined for inaccuracies or mistakes. Hospitals must report errors to the state no later than four months after discovery.
To see the entire Medical Errors Report for 2012 click here.
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