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Health Matters: Errors in patient care

March 28, 2009
By Dr. Josh Schwartzberg

The American healthcare system is regarded as the most sophisticated in the world, yet medical errors have been estimated to cause 44,000 to 98,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year. Patient safety and prevention of mistakes has become a top priority, and many aggressive measures have been implemented. This can run the gamut from hand washing to marking the site of planned surgery prior to an operation.



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