Although patients across the United States are affected by various life-threatening conditions, the number of accidental hospital deaths dropped down in 2016, based on the annual report released by the health department in Minnesota.
The hospitals in Minnesota reported 336 negative health events from the 7th of October, 2105 to the 6th of October 2016. These rates exceeded the ones in 2008 when 316 negative health events were reported. On the other hand, the number of accidental hospital deaths declined to four, the same death toll as in 2009.
It is worth mentioning that the median number of accidental hospital deaths between 2009 and 2016 was twelve. Also, 106 severe injuries occurred during this time, including ten at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester. However, Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, the safety officer of the Mayo Clinic, says that he is disappointed with the results of the new report.
Morgenthaler adds that his team’s goal is for the number of deaths to drop down to zero. Based on the report, he prompts all medical facilities throughout the state to do their best to improve all standards. According to him, people want to believe that these places are getting safer day by day.
Besides Mayo Clinic, many other organizations in the state are constantly trying to provide a safer environment for patients. Other positive developments included in the study consist of a major decline in neonatal deaths and serious injuries related to labor and delivery.
More precisely, the rates declined to just two events. Besides this, the deaths occurred by falling have been the lowest recorded since 2011. In the category of self-harm and attempted suicide, zero deaths were recorded.
According to the officials of the Mayo Hospital in Rochester, 38 negative health events occurred last year and caused ten severe injuries but no deaths. That number increased from thirty-one in 2015. However, they were down from forty-four in 2014.
Eight of the ten severe injuries occurred by falling. Another event occurred because a patient didn’t communicate radiology, pathology, and laboratory test results. Also, the last one was caused by the malfunction or misuse of a medical device.
Moreover, the doctors performed three invasive procedures or surgeries on the wrong part of the body, whereas in five cases they performed the wrong invasive or surgical procedure. These eight events account for just a small percentage of the total mistakes which occurred in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.