In November, the Department of Health & Human Services released a report on Medicare patients and treatment errors. The medical researchers that completed the study found that treatment mistakes occur in every 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients. In addition, they estimate that this results in 15,000 deaths a month or 180,000 a year.
The report also notes common causes of treatment mistakes among Medicare patients, or "adverse events". The most frequently occurring events were urinary tract infections from catheters, bed sores, incorrect medications and excessive post-surgical bleeding. Experts recommend that people going into the hospital always bring somebody with them, know the medications they are taking and are allergic to and ask questions before allowing the use of a catheter.
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