1 In 7 Medicare Patients Harmed By Treatment Errors

A new Federal study finds that 1 out of every 7 Medicare patients are harmed during their hospital stays by treatment errors. These gaffes include bed sores, excessive bleeding, urinary tract infections, and mistaken medication.

It’s recommended that you bring someone who can advocate on your behalf when you stay in the hospital and to keep track of all the medication and dosages you receive. Also, be careful when they want to use a catheter on you. Infections can arise from these devices. Make sure to ask if you really need it, and make sure it’s taken out when it needs to be.

Study: Treatment mistakes for 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients [CNN]