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10 Shocking Medical Mistakes

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  • Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and what’s even more shocking is that the harm often is preventable
  • Hospitals often make such egregious errors as treating the wrong patient, leaving behind surgical tools in a person after surgery, losing patients or operating on the wrong body part
  • Air bubbles in the blood after a chest tube is removed, mix-ups involving medical tubing, and hospital-acquired infections are other examples of sometimes fatal medical errors that are all too common
  • Healthy eating, exercise, and stress management can help keep you OUT of the hospital, but if you do have to go there, knowing your rights and responsibilities can help ensure your hospital stay is a safe and healing one

By Dr. Mercola


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