Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2014 - 9:53 AM

Rise in hospital patient deaths and disabilities because of falls or drug errors countered progress in other areas, report found.

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goferfanzJan. 23, 14 7:14 AM

While any avoidable deaths or injuries are sad, it is important to remember the Institute of Medicine report (To Err is Human) that lead to this monitoring estimated a MN should have roughly 1,500 hospital deaths-- per year. Facts on the ground show we get a mere 1% of that estimate. Important to remember our govt "studies" as we shiver in this time of "global warming," and observe our tax dollars at use in MNSURE or ACA. It does seem like journalists at least avoid mentioning the hugely inflated original IOM study that was always cited in the early years. It's now like "what study?".

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eclectic51Jan. 23, 14 7:48 AM

I can address this issue personally because I broke my hip in December. On the positive side – my leg was initialed by my surgeon prior to anesthesia, I was given foam booties and a 3 inch memory foam mattress topper for my bed when I started to get red sores on my heels. On the negative side – short staffing resulted in 45 minute waits after nurse assistant call button was pressed (usually for assistance to get to the bathroom). Patients had to make the decision to wet their beds or try to get to the bathroom by themselves – hence increased patient falls. I was told that the expensive memory foam bed topper would be tossed when I was discharged so I could take it home. I think the booties would have sufficed, and more nurse aides would help eliminate patient falls. It seems to me that my hospital went to extreme measures to eliminate bed sores, and then eliminated staff to save money.

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WaterBunkerJan. 23, 14 7:48 AM

Some error rate is unavoidable. As safe as air travel is, occasionally mistakes are made...like landing at the wrong airport. The progress is impressive as is the continued focus. Face it, we have a wonderful healthcare system, but it is very expensive.

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gemie1Jan. 23, 1410:09 AM

I had a bad experience at Mayo Clinic. I ended up having to go out of state to get the appropriate care. This was in their Orthopedic Surgery Department. If I had not sought care away from Mayo, I would have limited and painful mobility in my lower joints and lower back. Without going into the details of everything that happened, when I put in a compliant to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, over a year later, part of their response was that I delayed my own care. Interesting response, since Mayo sent me a letter saying their was nothing they could offer me medically. I am fortunate that I had the means to seek treatment at a facility that has a reputation for being excellent for complicated cases.

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dogma95Jan. 23, 1410:23 AM

I'm curious (gemie1) to the incessant point made to interject some sort of slander anytime the StarTrib mentions Mayo Clinic. Mayo is not without having areas of mediocrity, like any other healthcare facility. We get you don't care for Mayo, but it might be time to find another cause. I tend to think (via statistics and conversations) that more positive is flowing from Mayo...but do realize that not everyone has a great experience there. That is a normative in most any place though.

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gemie1Jan. 23, 1410:47 AM

dogma95, when one is discussing about their experience it is not slander. Learn more about our Constitution and the freedoms that we have in regards to free speech. You also have the basic right to ignore or respond to my posts.

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