In 2013, the most frequently reported medical errors in Indiana hospitals were pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores. The Indiana Department of Health recently released its latest error report, and found that there was an increase in the number of stage 3 or four pressure ulcers or bedsores, from 2012.
There was an increase from 30 pressure ulcers in 2012, to 45 in 2013. These were bedsores that were acquired after the person gained admission to the hospital. Overall, there were 111 medical errors reported across Indiana hospitals and clinics in 2013. That was a substantial increase over the previous year, and it also marked the highest number of medical errors in any single year since the state of Indiana began reporting medical errors in 2006. The average number of medical errors every year since the start of reporting in 2006 is approximately 100.9 events annually.