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Hospital errors — how to avoid them
Los Angeles Times

Hospitals don’t appear to be as safe as we, the potential patients, would like, a new study has found.

The question is: What can we do to protect ourselves?

Research published this week in Health Affairs found that as many as one in three admissions have some kind of injury because of medical error, not an underlying condition. Using a new way of scanning patient paperwork for notations on problems such as an abnormal lab test, researchers found 10 times more errors among three U.S. hospitals than other methods would indicate.