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Statewide report shows one medical error in Elkhart County in 2012

Posted on Sept. 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — A report from the Indiana State Department of Health found one medical error occurred in an Elkhart County hospital last year.

According to the 2012 Medical Error Report, there was one incident of “retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery” at Elkhart General Hospital.

The hospital reported a total of 13,815 inpatient discharges, 65,443 outpatient visits and 16,973 procedures for the year.

No errors were reported at IU Health Goshen or any of the six clinics and outpatient surgery centers surveyed in Elkhart County.

The report found a total of 100 errors in 28 categories reported statewide from the 289 health care facilities surveyed.

Retention of a foreign object in a patient was the second most-reported error in the report with 19 occurrences. Two of these incidents involved surgeries prior to 2012, meaning 17 objects were left inside patients during surgery in 2012. This is the same number found by the 2011 Medical Error Report, according to the 2012 report.

The most-reported event for the year was stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, with 30 incidents in Indiana.