Although preventable mistakes decreased in Minnesota hospitals last year, deaths related to the mistakes remained steady. The findings are part of an annual report by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) that tracks 28 types of serious events that should rarely or never happen in hospitals. Among the serious events are falls, medication errors, severe pressure ulcers and retention of objects after a surgery. In northern Minnesota, several facilities had instances that caused serious disabilities, and, in some cases, death. Essentia Health-Deer River had one fall that resulted in death at its facility. Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids had a patient death related to a disappearance. Falls continued to be the most common cause of death in hospitals, and the MDH will continue to explore strategies to reduce their chances, according to the report.