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MN Report Shows Slight Increase in Hospital Errors

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February 17, 2017 12:01 PM

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers have reported that nearly 340 medical errors risked patient safety last year but medical mistakes resulting in patient death declined.

Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2ley9wl ) reports that the state Department of Health's annual adverse health events report found four deaths caused by a preventable error. One was due to a medication mistake and the other three were from falls.

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The events were tracked from Oct. 7, 2015, to Oct. 6, 2016.

The total number of events is up from nearly 320 the previous year, the four deaths are a decrease from 16 the previous tracking year.

Adverse health events program director Rachel Jokela says the drop is a step in the right direction.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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