Study: Minn. Reporting System Cuts Hospital Errors Deaths and other harm to patients from preventable errors such as falls and surgical mistakes have dropped in the 10 years since Minnesota started requiring hospitals and other care centers to report them, according to a report released Thursday.
Heroin-Related Deaths In Metro On The Rise, Users Getting YoungerIt’s a troubling trend and a warning for parents: There was a record number of deaths connected to heroin overdose in Hennepin County last year. Fifty-four people died in 2013, that's up substantially from eight deaths in 2010, the year law enforcement notice an upward trend in overdoses.
Suicide On The Rise In MinnesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the state's suicide rate is inching upward. The rate rose to 12.4 per 100,000 people last year, up from 11.2 from 2011. The new rate mirrors the national average. The MDH says 684 people killed themselves in the most recent period. To put that number in perspective, Minnesota had 368 traffic-related deaths in 2011. The data shows a general upward trend apart from a short-term dip around 2009.
DPS: 5 Road-Related Deaths, 560 DWIs During July 4th Holiday WeekFive car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period - from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 - the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.
Highly Potent Heroin Has Tight Grip On MetroHeroin deaths in the Twin Cities are on pace to hit a new record this year. So far in 2013, 15 people have died from heroin overdose in Hennepin, Scott, and Dakota counties. It isn't a new problem, but is far more dangerous than a few years ago.
WisDOT: May Traffic Deaths Lowest In 68 YearsThe fewest people died in Wisconsin traffic deaths in the month of May since the end of World War II, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Thirty-three people died in Wisconsin crashes, 17 fewer than May 2012 and 19 under the five-year average for the month of May.
3 More Flu Deaths Reported In MinnesotaThe Minnesota Health Department reported three more flu deaths in the last week, bringing the season's total number of fatalities closer to 200. The latest figures show 197 deaths in Minnesota due to influenza.
2 Dead In Possible Murder-Suicide In Bagley ID'dThe two people found dead in a Bagley, Minn. residence have been identified as a mother and son, according to police.
2 More Flu-Related Deaths Last Week In Minnesota Minnesota health officials say that another two people have died of flu-related causes this season. Since last October, there have now been 190 flu-related deaths in the state.
Deadliest Weekend Of 2013: 8 Killed On Minnesota RoadsAt least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, which makes it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
MDH: 2 More Flu-Related Deaths, Outbreak SlowingHealth officials say two additional deaths have been attributed to the flu in Minnesota, but they say the outbreak is slowing.
Infant Deaths In Child Care Down In Minn., Report ShowsMinnesota human services officials say the number of infant deaths in child care settings has dropped significantly this year.
3 Found Dead Inside Zimmerman Home; No Suspects SoughtThe Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with a possible crime scene in Zimmerman, according to the authorities.
Schaffhausen Trial For Daughters' Deaths Begins MondayA Wisconsin father who admitted to killing his three little girls is heading to trial Monday.
Schaffhausen May Change Plea In Daughters' DeathsThe River Falls, Wis., man accused of killing his three daughters plans to change his plea to guilty in a Wisconsin court on Wednesday.