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Minnesota hospitals: Deaths, falls decrease but errors persist

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 14, 2010

Minnesota hospitals reported a significant drop in the number of fatal mistakes in 2009 and a dramatic reduction in fall-related injuries, according to the sixth annual report on hospital errors by the Minnesota Department of Health. In all, four people died as a result of "adverse events" at Minnesota hospitals in the 12 months ending October 2009, compared to 18 the year before. That was the fewest deaths since the state began reporting the statistics in 2005. This is also the first year that no hospital reported a fatal fall, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.