By Barbara Bronson Gray, RN, MN from her blog “BodBoss.”

Please read the excerpt below and the original post, and consider incorporating a similar strategy into your health management routine.

Whenever you have an interaction with the healthcare system you are at risk of being affected by a medical error. 

I remember bringing our two children to an HMO for a Hepatitis B vaccination when they were in their early teens. When the nurse came in, I looked at the little tray she was holding with the syringes on it and thought there was much more vaccine in the syringe that I’m accustomed to seeing. Although my kids hated it when I stepped in on matters like this, I casually said something like, “That’s interesting; I’ve never seen so much  vaccine in a syringe.” The nurse turned bright red. “Oh my,” she said. “I put twice the dose in each one. Thank you.” And she rushed out the door.

No one knows how many medical errors occur outside the hospital every year since it’s virtually impossible to track. 

But we do know that three times as many people die annually from in-hospital errors (100,000) as are killed on our streets and highways (34,000).  If you’re admitted to a hospital, you’ll have about a one out of 400 chance of dying from a medical error. 

How many 747s would have to crash to equal 100,000 preventable deaths? Two hundred. Imagine how much attention two hundred  747s crashing every year would get.

Not all medical errors will kill you. Some are minor, some are aggravating, some could make you very ill. 

The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to improve the odds for yourself and the people you care about…

Read the rest of this post and some of the other insightful pieces by Barbara Bronson Gray on her blog “BodBoss.”

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