Indiana Releases 2012 Medical Errors Report

Reports of stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission decreased from 41 in 2011 to 30 in 2012, according to the 2012 Medical Errors Report, released today by the Indiana State Department of Health. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, have been the most reported incident six of the seven years the report has been compiled, including in 2012, and average approximately 30 incidents a year.
As a result of the 2012 meningitis outbreak which was linked to a compounding pharmacy, incidents of death or serious disability associated with contaminated drugs showed a significant increase in the report. Seven of these incidents were reported in 2012, all occurring in an ambulatory surgery center.
“Medical errors are serious and preventable,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess II, M.D. “I hope this report serves as a call to action to health care providers around the state to be even more vigilant in their attention to detail when caring for patients.”
The annual report is based on the National Quality Forum’s 28 Serious Adverse Events. A total of 289 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics, and birthing centers were surveyed.
A total of 100 incidents were reported in 2012, the same number reported in 2011. The most reported incidents in 2012 were:
·       30 stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the hospital
·       19 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient after surgery
·       15 surgeries performed on the wrong body part
·       14 falls resulting in a death or serious disability 
In 2006, Indiana became the second state to adopt the National Quality Forum’s reporting standards. The reporting standards are not intended as a comprehensive study of medical errors, but rather as representing a broad overview of health care issues. Prevention of medical errors generally requires a system-based approach. By focusing on a few fundamental prevention activities and an organized prevention system, errors can be prevented.
The 2012 Medical Errors Report may be found on the Indiana State Department of Health website at
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No Word on Cause of Mill Fire

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Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney, Firefighter/EMT McCune on the scene of the fire at ArcelorMittal
No word at this time on what caused a fire to break out at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plant Sunday afternoon. Clean up was continuing on Monday. Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig Sr. tells the Region News Team they were called out at 2:45 pm and were cleared just after 4:30 pm, and that the fire was confined to the car dumper. Multiple agencies, including Porter, Burns Harbor and Chesterton, responded.  [Photo/Burns Harbor FD]

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Governor Directs Flags to Half-Staff for DC Victims

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday, September 17 in honor of the victims of yesterday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.  Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Friday, September 20.
Governor Pence also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor victims of the tragedy. 
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation yesterday requiring flags to be flown at half-staff "on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, September 20, 2013."...

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VU Students Want to Ban UV Indoor Tans for Teens

Illinois has a new teen tan ban taking effect the first of the year... here in Indiana, a couple of Region college students want to see Indiana lawmakers take similar action. The Illinois law will prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor u-v equipment, like tanning booths and sun lamps. Some students enrolled at V-U, Valparaiso University, testified Monday before a legislative panel in Indianapolis that they would like to see the Hoosier state also prohibit the use of tanning beds for those under 18.  The Indiana Health Finance Commission took testimony last month from dermatologists encouraging lawmakers to pass a law that would ban minors from using tanning beds.

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Westfield Southlake Sold to Investment Firm

Australia's Westfield Group says it has sold Southlake Mall in Hobart and six other malls to a global investment firm in a one-point-six billion dollar deal. Along with Southlake, Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group is purchasing malls in Ohio, Washington state and California. Southlake Mall opened in the 1970s. Westfield bought Southlake from Richard E. Jacobs Group in 2002.
Westfield Group [ASX: WDC]  Co-CEO Mr. Peter Lowy said “Today’s [Monday's] announcement continues the implementation of our strategic plan which positions WDC to generate greater shareholder value.”
“We are focused on redeploying our capital into superior retail destinations in major cities through divesting non-core assets and introducing joint venture partners into our high quality portfolio of assets.”
Starwood will own and manage the majority interest in the centers with Westfield retaining a 10 percent common equity interest.
The transactions’ value of $1.64 billion is $120 million below the book value of the assets at 31 December 2012 and in line with the book values at 30 June 2013....

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Former Coach Charged With Murder Waives Extradition

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A former coach in the Region accused in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago has waived extradition, allowing authorities to move forward on taking him back to Illinois to face a murder charge in downstate St. Clair County. 62-year-old Gary Warwick of Portage was arrested in Portage last Thursday. Warwick, a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville, resigned that post in the spring.  Officials say Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation.  The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family.  [Photo/provided]

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New Lake County Tax Taking Effect Soon

The Indiana Department of Revenue says Lake County residents working in Indiana should expect to see the new Lake County local income tax withheld from their paychecks next month, when it goes into effect. Lake was the last of Indiana's 92 counties to adopt a county tax.
To view a list of Lake County Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) Frequently Asked Questions provided by the state department of revenue, click here:

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Gary's Historic Streetcar Line Marker Unveiling

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The City of Gary and the Indiana Department of Transportation are teaming up to commemorate the city's historic streetcar rail line with the unveiling of a historic marker this Friday. INDOT reports the ceremony will take place at 3pm, on the corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway, on the very throughfare where the streetcars used to travel back during the early 20th century. The marker will feature an authentic photograph of streetcars runmbling down the bustling intersection, circa 1913. ...

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Reynolds Announces Candidacy for Porter County Sheriff

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Current Porter County Sheriff David Lain introduced former Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds this evening in front of the Porter County Sheriff's Office where Reynolds formally announced his candidacy to once again become Sheriff of Porter County. During the announcement, Reynolds, who was joined by friends and family, cited his 33 years of experience in law enforcement as to why he is the man voters should choose to lead the fine men and women of the Porter County Sheriff's Office. Reynolds, a Democrat, served two consecutive terms as Sheriff, from 1999 to 2006. In Indiana, sheriffs are limited from serving more than eight years in a twelve-year span. Reynolds was succeeded by current Sheriff David Lain, also a Democrat, who is currently in his second term.
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Death Toll Now at 13 in Navy Yard Shooting

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Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray updated the toll from the deadly Navy Yard shooting to 13 dead. Mayor Gray says there are probably a dozen or more who are wounded. Following today's shooting rampage, the area around the Navy Yard remains an active crime scene this afternoon. Mayor Gray says they don't know that there was a separate gunman on the loose, but do know that there's a person who was identified very early in the process. In fact there were two. One of them has been ruled out. The other person has certainly not been ruled in.
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the gunman exchanged fire with police several times. His name: Aaron Alexis, age 34, a former Navy reservist. The FBI is trying to figure out why he would lead a murderous spree here at the Washington Navy Yard. ...

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