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Report Shows Positive Change in occurrence of Bed Sores

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Published on September 16, 2010 with No Comments

The Indiana State Department of Health released the Indiana Medical Error Reporting System (MERS) annual report, which shows a significant decrease in the number of reported stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers – commonly known as “bed sores.” In 2009, 94 medical error events were reported compared to 105 reported in both 2008 and 2007.

I am greatly encouraged by the decrease in stage three and four pressure ulcers,” State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin said. “The medical error data has been instrumental in increasing awareness of patient safety.”
The purpose of the Medical Error Reporting System is to identify areas for improvement and then use that data to focus on improving quality of care for Hoosiers. MERS identified pressure ulcers as a problem, so the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative was launched. The decrease in the number of pressure ulcers is likely linked to that initiative.
MERS requires hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers to report to the Indiana State Department of Health 28 reportable events in the following categories: surgical, products or devices, patient protection, care management, environmental and criminal.
Each facility is required to report the event, as well as the facility where the event occurred, and the quarter and calendar year of the event. MERS only collects data on the number and category of reported events. It does not collect specific information about the event.
The Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative began in June 2008 and concludes in September of this year. More than 230 health care facilities and agencies participated in the initiative. The initiative focused on improving facility systems through timely assessments, identifying risk factors and enhancing care coordination.
In January 2005, Gov. Mitch Daniels issued an executive order creating the MERS, and this year’s report is the fourth issued by the department.
For more information on the 2009 MERS Report, visit www.statehealth.IN.gov and click on “Medical Errors Reporting System.”

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