Medical errors down in Connecticut last year

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — There was a slight decline in the number of medical errors reported by hospitals and other medical facilities in Connecticut last year when compared to 2014.

The state Department of Health report says the 450 “adverse events” in 2015 was down 3 percent from the prior year.

The most common reported problem was bed sores. The second most common issue was falls.

There were 14 surgery errors, eight of them fatal. There were also 42 serious medication errors, including 14 patients given the wrong dose, and 11 given the wrong drug.

In 19 cases, objects were left behind following surgery.

Dr. Mary Cooper, the Connecticut Hospital Association’s chief quality officer, tells the Hartford Courant the report is critical because only by knowing what problems are can they be fixed.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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