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Medical errors up locally, down statewide from previous year




The number of medical errors reported at nearby hospitals last year rose slightly but fell across the state.

Area hospitals reported four serious medical errors last year: one at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin and three at Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South in Greenwood. Kindred’s errors involved three cases of pressure ulcers developed by patients after admission. The error at Johnson Memorial was for surgery performed on the wrong body part, according to a report released by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Operating room staff at Johnson Memorial go through a preoperative checklist before surgeries to ensure they operate on the correct body part, and the staff realized during the checklist that the wrong limb had been numbed. The procedure was immediately stopped, and the correct limb was numbed and operated on, spokesman Bill Oakes said.

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