Hospitals: 5 serious errors in '12

Local hospitals made five major errors in 2012 that resulted in one patient having surgery he or she wasn’t scheduled for and another leaving the operating room with an object left inside the body.

Since 2006, Indiana requires hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers to report serious, preventable errors such as surgical mistakes or accidents resulting in death or disability. Of 236 hospitals and medical centers statewide, 100 errors were made in 2012.

Local hospitals Franciscan St. Francis Health — Indianapolis and Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South in Greenwood each had two reported errors in 2012, while Community Hospital South had one. Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin had no reported errors last year.

One error is too many, health care representatives said. Local hospitals encourage staff to report mistakes and then investigate errors to find out why they occurred and make adjustments to prevent them from happening again.

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