Help prevent hospital errorsMedical errors - prevention; Patient safety - hospital errors
A hospital error is when there is a mistake in your medical care. Errors can be made in your:
- Lab and other test reports
Hospital errors are a leading cause of death. Doctors and nurses are working to make hospital care safer.
Learn what you can do to help prevent medical errors when you are in the hospital.
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