ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - The latest report on adverse health events at Minnesota hospitals show an increase in the number of avoidable deaths in 2012. Most of the increase, from 5 in 2011 up to 14 in 2012, was due to serious falls. Other findings in the report showed the number of pressure sores declined by 8 percent, retained foreign objects in patients were down by 16 percent and medication errors also dropped by 75 percent from the previous year. The report says the hospitals did a better job of identifying patients at risk for falling but work needs to be done in tailoring plans for each individual and the patients need to be aware of the dangers of moving around without assistance.
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