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5 ways to cut medical errors | MassDevice.com On Call

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 8:03pm
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Nearly 1 in 4 people who are hospitalized suffer some sort of injury from a preventable medical error.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — If medical errors were counted alongside diseases, they would be the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., taking more lives than Alzheimer's, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Lack of transparency and patient access to information about individual hospitals' error rates leave patients in the dark about how to choose doctors and hospitals that may offer lower risks, according to and editorial by Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon Dr. Marty Makary.

Makary recommended 5 ways to provide patients a window in a hospitals working:

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