Minnesota hospitals: Deaths, falls decrease but errors persist

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2010 - 12:00 AM

And no fatal falls were reported in the state tally, though serious surgical mistakes rose slightly.

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sheepyJan. 14, 10 5:10 AM

My mother fell at Methodist Hospital in 2009. I assure you, the bed and safety mat did not help. What they need is more staff so elderly patients with a history of weakness can get more assistance when they need to use the restroom.

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jackthemackJan. 14, 10 6:04 AM

Those reported are the result of human error. My strong belief is that these events are underreported. Health care is increasingly becoming like any other business-the constant attempts to decrease costs leads to decreased staffing with more acute patients. Patients need a bedside nurse and nursing ancillary staff who have the time to attend to them. Doctors need a manageable workload of patients. Doctors, nurses, and ancillary staff are often overwhelmed. In this environment, mistakes will continue to occur. As hospitals continue to attempt to decrease costs, mistakes will worsen. Some events are unavoidable. Others, many others, are due to monetary (that is to say, staffing, pressures).

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irishmom58Jan. 14, 10 6:22 AM

thanks for nothing strib

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irishmom58Jan. 14, 10 6:28 AM

http://www.health.state.mn.us/patientsafety/adverseselect.cfm

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chopinbJan. 14, 10 6:39 AM

My sister is a nurse at Methodist Hospital. Take what you heard from their representative with a grain of salt. It all comes down to money. They have a system in place so nurses can post problems or concerns about patient care. My sister has posted many concerns(such as understaffing) and she has never been contacted to talk about these concerns. In fact, they recently have tried to fire my sister. They recently have had a patient fall out of bed and die due to the fall.

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dun5836Jan. 14, 10 6:40 AM

why is it so hard for you to achieve perfection? the current system is a total disaster. under the "new" free healthcare we will have it. I feel change coming. all death, suffering, and dying will be outlawed. But, guess what, with us you will all be guaranteed a free total body scan....at the airport. it will be efficient and save the system money. we will replace radiologists with our experts from the tsa. And you will like it....or else. remember that mandatory is good. we call our program MP. Mandatory Perfection.

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rkn55811Jan. 14, 10 6:43 AM

Yes, I suppose death could be considered an "adverse event". Talk about doublespeak.

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peterlsJan. 14, 10 7:24 AM

period. you can't take human error out of healthcare. driver error. pilot error. doctor error. nurse error. errors occur. get over it already. ever work in healthcare or an industry where lives are on the line? didn't think so. go be a sandwich artist or something "safe". get over it.

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mnfishJan. 14, 10 7:42 AM

that doctors and hospitals will now pay less for malpractice insurance this year, therefore lowering the price of health care a little? I hope so.

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bobajoulJan. 14, 10 7:55 AM

As a physician who has worked in rural settings as well as some of the reporting hospitals in the article, there is another component that gets missed. There are some folks who will not care for themselves under any concern, there are people who are so sick from advanced care that complications are almost expected and there is such huge financial stress and fear promulgated internally by the hierarchies that it make such complications almost obligatory. What do I mean by that- well how do you regularly turn a 400 lb. patient with one nurse to prevent bedsores, how do you prevent a ventilated, brain injured patient from getting pneumonia from the ventilator? These are not matters of competence, rather of inability to change inexorable paths. Sometimes it is what you get to work with, not what you do. And administrations, which are solely obsessed with money are not sources of relief or insight to change. They just hector and demand, then go home at 5. i guess it will come down to what is acceptable rate of complications and how do we prevent it from rising. Tough situation.

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