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Medical Errors

Medical Errors

Wrong surgery, wrong medication, serious bedsores… Unsafe practices and poor quality care kill more than 440,000 patients each year and waste billions of dollars every year. What information do you have about the safety of your hospital? What protections do you have if the hospital makes a mistake with you?

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  • 5 Steps For Care Coordination With Your Doctors

    Without good coordination of care, risks for medical error rise significantly. Use these five Consumer Reports tips to make sure your doctors are doing the right thing.

  • 11 tips for how to complain about your medical care

    Check out Public Citizen’s fantastic guide for where to complain, written by Alan Levine, member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Network.

  • Does your doctor wash their hands?

    Check out this great new video about hand hygiene practices by health care workers created by the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients.

  • 5 Reasons Why Duodenoscope Problems Matter

    Duodenoscopes have contributed to deadly CRE infection outbreaks across the country. Learn how to protect yourself.

  • Factors to Consider When Choosing a Doctor

    What factors do you consider when choosing a doctor? Do you care more about having a doctor who communicates well or is it more important that your doctor has lots of experience and skills?

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