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Minnesota reports 15 deaths from hospital errors

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ST. PAUL -- Fifteen patients died because of errors in Minnesota hospitals last year, according to an annual report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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The “adverse health events” report, released Thursday, noted an overall decrease in the number of incidents reported from the year before, but little change in the number of more serious events. The number of deaths was actually up by one, but the total number of events -- 258 -- was down 18 percent from the previous year and below 300 for the first time since changes in 2007 broadened reporting, the Health Department said.

The total includes 84 “serious disability” incidents, down from 89 in 2012.

The year cited in the report doesn’t follow the calendar but ran from Oct. 7, 2012, through Oct. 6, 2013. The reporting system tracks 28 types of serious events, such as falls, wrong-site surgeries and serious medication errors.

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