Wednesday, September 5, 2007

there's a sponge by my spleen!

Indiana hospitals and surgery centers committed 85 serious and preventable errors last year, according to the final report of the state's new system to record medical errors.

The most common errors were 26 instances of serious bedsores that developed after a patient was admitted to a hospital and 23 instances of a foreign object, such as a sponge, being left inside a patient after surgery.

State officials say such information is vital to helping doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals work together to help improve patient safety. They say the new reporting requirement, ordered by Gov. Mitch Daniels to start in 2006, will ultimately pay off in improved patient care.

Good news for my hospital, though. We had zero errors.

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