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Be your own patient safety advocate
By Byron McNutt

WOULD YOU BE surprised to learn: “There are more deaths in hospitals each year from preventable medical mistakes than there are from vehicle accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.

“Accidents, errors and infections occur far too often in hospitals, killing as many as 200,000 people every year and injuring millions more,” according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Binder’s findings were published in a supplement distributed by Mediaplanet in USA Today recently. The supplement stresses patient safety and offered several articles on how patients can protect themselves.

If you or a family member enters the hospital,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:19 PM
 

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