Indiana, Washington have comparable records for medical errors — 5 highlights

Medical errors in Indiana skyrocketed this year, setting an all-time-high record since the Indiana State Department of Health began gathering data in 2006. Indiana's number of medical errors is comparable to those of Washington, according to Indy Star.

Here are five highlights:

1. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Indiana reported a total of 114 preventable adverse medical events in 2014. In 2013, there were 111 medical errors, exceeding the previous high of 107 in 2010.

2. Washington had 483 reported preventable adverse medical events in 2014.

3. Indiana had 44 incidents of Stage 3 and Stage 4 bed sores in 2014 compared to 225 bed sore incidents in Washington that year.

4. Washington had 113 fall-related incidents in 2014. Indiana had only 10 fall-related incidents.

5. In 2014, Indiana had 27 incidents of foreign objects left inside patients after surgery. Washington had 37 incidents.

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