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Reported Hospital Errors Increase

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon hospitals reported more errors than ever before last year.

The Oregon Safety Commission says 142 errors were reported in 2011–that’s up from about 125 in 2010.

Of those, 88 involved serious harm to patients, but since individual hospitals were not named specifically in the report, we don’t know where most happened.

It says surgical teams left foreign objects inside people. For example, sponges were found in 27 patients. Twenty-two people died due to errors.

The report says this is not an indication more mistakes are occurring, but rather more Oregon hospitals are reporting their mistakes.

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