Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Errors in U.S. hospitals on the rise

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Are you satisfied that when you enter a medical facility, the information processing will lead to the absolute minimal amount of errors that directly affect the quality of your care? While errors in hospitals have led to unnecessary surgeries and huge blunders in the last, these are exceptions. But, are there still many errors happening in hospitals these days?

A report released a few days ago stated that patient safety incidents in U.S. hospitals increased by 3% overall from 2003 to 2005 - so in fact, errors have gotten worse. The report also concluded that the error gap between the nation's best- and worst-performing hospitals remained wide.

In other words, you may want to research the hospital you use to determine if it has a higher error rate than the competition. While this is easily not the only criteria used to decide where to receive care, it's a biggie, yes?

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