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State report puts focus on hospital patient safety


The 15th annual Adverse Health Event Report was issued by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on March 1. The report lists the occurrences of 29 reportable adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in the last year. Minnesota hospitals share information through the adverse event reporting system with the ultimate goal to make patient care safer.

During the reporting period of Oct. 7, 2017, through Oct. 6, 2018, there were a total of 384 adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.

Mercy Hospital has two events listed in the report, both falls.

“We are deeply sorry that these events occurred,” said Trina Lower, Interim CEO and Director of Quality & Health Information. “Behind each event is a patient and family. We have taken steps to prevent this from happening again by investigating what went wrong, putting systems in place to fix the problem and sharing the lessons we learned with other hospitals.”

In addition, Mercy’s ongoing, proactive safety efforts include participation in dozens of safety initiatives sponsored by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), Stratis Health and other organizations. These voluntary initiatives target specific safety issues and identify safety measures and procedures that are considered best practice. For example, Mercy recently took part in MHA’s Falls and Pressure Injury Learning Day.

“Our staff continues to work hard to adopt the best practice safety measures identified through these initiatives,” Lower said. “Mercy recorded 7,196 patient days last year, but even one adverse event is unacceptable. Patient safety is our highest priority and our commitment remains to provide the best care possible.”

For questions about Mercy’s patient safety initiatives, contact Trina Lower, Interim CEO and Director of Quality and Health Information, or Donita Korpela, Director of Patient Care Services, at 218-485-4481.


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