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Adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers decrease slightly in 2009


Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The number of adverse events in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and community behavioral health hospitals decreased from 312 to 301 in 2009, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The sixth annual adverse health events report summarizes the number and types of events that occurred between October 7, 2008, and October 6, 2009, in the 199 facilities covered by the adverse health events reporting law. The 301 events were reported by 58 hospitals and four surgical centers. The report shows that in 2009:

Patient falls resulting in serious disability or death decreased by 20 percent, with no patient deaths from falls during the reporting year.

Four patients died as a result of adverse health events, the lowest number in any reporting year.

Events resulting in serious harm or death decreased slightly from the previous year, from 116 (37 percent) to 98 (33 percent).

Serious pressure ulcers (bed sores) remained constant at 122.

Wrong-patient, wrong-procedure, and wrong-site surgeries or invasive procedures increased slightly over the previous year, from 39 to 44.

Retained foreign objects remained roughly constant, moving from 37 to 38.

"The goal of our adverse health events system is not simply to report numbers, but to develop strategies to prevent adverse events," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "We believe the lessons learned and the steps taken in health care facilities across the state are helping to improve patient safety."

Dr. Magnan noted that the 20 percent decrease in falls likely reflects a recent initiative to prevent injuries and deaths from falls. Over the past two years, more than 100 hospitals have participated in the Minnesota Hospital Association's (MHA) "Safe from Falls" campaign. Since the campaign began in May 2007, participating hospitals have increased the average rate of implementing best practices for preventing falls from less than 60 percent to more than 90 percent. For some best practices, including establishing an interdisciplinary falls prevention team and a system to alert staff about patient risk, the implementation rate is nearly 100 percent.

In addition to making progress in preventing falls, several key lessons were learned in 2009:

A number of reported pressure ulcers developed while patients were undergoing long surgical procedures, when the potential for skin breakdown was .....
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Dave Ernest Named Minnesota's Top 2009 Truck Driver

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) named Dave Ernest, a

professional truck driver for Smith Trucking, Inc. based in Worthington

Minnesota, as Minnesota's 2009 Truck Driver of the Year.

Ernest was selected from ..... 
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Minnesota's Safest Truck Driver to be Announced!

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

WHAT: Minnesota Driver of the Year Awards Banquet

Join us for an exciting award ceremony that will showcase 12 drivers and

their essential contributions to driver safety. A video presentation will

document the story of each drive ..... 
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Minnesota Health Commissioner to receive H1N1 flu shot

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

What:

Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, will be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 influenza. With ample supplies of vaccine now available, Dr. Magnan is strongly encouraging all Minnesotans to be vaccinated against the 2009 influ ..... 
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Minnesota Attorney General applauded for trying to stop Asian Carp

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN- The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy applauds Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's decision to file a brief supporting Michigan's legal action to force Illinois to close a canal and stop Asian Carp from invading Lake Mic ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Now is a good time to get vaccinated for influenza, whether for 2009 novel H1N1 or seasonal influenza, say state health officials.

In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for ..... 
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Students Are Making "Cents" this Winter

Tue, Dec 29th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

An estimated 73 million "Pennies for Patients" will be donated to the Minnesota Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of local students who are survivors of leukemia and lymphoma.

December 29, 2009-GOLDEN VALLEY, MN - More than 3 ..... 
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Our Friends at U of M Regional Extension Offices and MAES:

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Holiday greetings from the Minnesota Grown Program.



Hope this holiday season finds you all happy & healthy.



We are very thankful that all is good with the Minnesota Grown Program as we conclude 2009. We have appreciate ..... 
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Saint Paul Public Library and Friends awarded two-year grant for Mobile Workplace project

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Project will allow Saint Paul Public Library to increase access to job search assistance and computer-based job skill training outside of Library facilities, particularly for people who speak English as their second language.

December 21, 2009 ..... 
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