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Medical Mistakes Affect 1 in 5 People

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  • Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 250,000 deaths each year, just after heart disease and cancer
  • A survey of over 2,500 people finds 21 percent have experienced a medical mistake and 33 percent care for someone who has suffered a medical error
  • Medical mistakes include getting the wrong medication, having the wrong procedure, waking up during surgery or acquiring an infection
  • You may reduce your risk of injury or death from a medical mistake by bringing an advocate with you when hospitalized, asking questions of the nurses and doctors, communicating any changes in your condition and maintaining good health to prevent hospitalization

By Dr. Mercola

Medical mistakes are made in the operating room, in the emergency room and in the doctor's office. And, unfortunately, the mistakes made by doctors, nurses and pharmaceutical companies still are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Statistics from a study originally published in 2000 have not changed in the 17 years since its publication.

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