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Medical errors are preventable: Tips to keep you safe at the hospital

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A recent article in the Washington Post points out some scary statistics regarding the rate of human error in health care settings.

Human error — whether it stems from overworked and exhausted medical interns or other causes — is a leading source of medical errors that kill as many as 98,000 Americans a year, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The problem is particularly acute in hospitals

It’s amazing that simple neglect can lead to so many deaths. While it’s inevitable that each of us will require medical attention during our lifetimes, it doesn’t mean we have to gamble with these odds. In her article, Susan Morse gives 9 simple suggestions to make sure you stay safe at the hospital. Washing hands between patients, asking questions and having an advocate present when patient is admitted for treatment are among her tips for preventing mix ups that can lead to serious problems.
Given the astronomical number of deaths due to human error at medical facilities, each of us needs to do everything possible ensure safety while receiving medical treatment.