ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- When it comes to safety, Minnesota hospitals are making the grade as the number of preventable errors has dropped significantly.
State health officials say the rate fell 18 percent from last year, largely due to a reduction in patients with bed sores.
Despite improvements in some areas, the death rate from preventable errors remained mostly stagnant in Minnesota - with 14 deaths two-years ago - and 15 deaths last year.
One death due to a fall was recorded at both Mayo Clinic Hospital Methodist and Mayo Clinic Health System Austin-Albert Lea.
"We're always striving for zero and disappointed when we don't get there," said Dr. Paula Santrach, Chair of Quality at Mayo Clinic. "But we do take every opportunity as a learning experience in order to understand how our systems work and what we can do to do better."
The Minnesota Department of Health report is mandated under state law. This year marks the 10th year the report has been released.
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