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Australia: Medical mistakes kill 28 in Victoria district

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, December 23, 2008

In the past year, medical mistakes have killed 28 patients in Victoria, Australia, according to the Herald Sun. The figure comes from the Department of Human Services' annual sentinel event report.

According to the Sun, two patients died as a result of medication administration errors. The report, however, does not detail how the other 26 patients died. The number of deaths dropped from 38 last year, but the report found that the rate of medical errors has increased, including wrong-site surgery. Seven patients committed suicide under medical care, while two patients were given wrong blood transfusions, reports the Sun. Eleven other patients were left with medical equipment in their bodies after surgery.

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