Feeling a Little Stuffed?

Before you decide to make a run to the emergency room for some help in removing some of that Thanksgiving excess, you may want to consider this.  Beware that this link leads to a hefty-sized PDF.  An AOL summary of the report is here.  

The upshot is that there are 15,000 deaths a year that are directly attributable to errors and mistakes made in hospitals.  And that 13.5% of Medicare patients experience an adverse event while in the hospital.  
I’m very grateful to the men and women who dedicate to their lives to medicine and attempting to cure and treat the rest of us.  But I also feel that hospitals are places where these men and women are overworked to the point of exhaustion, which leads to mistakes and errors, which are sometimes very dangerous to the people they are attempting to heal.  
I wish this was a part of the health care reform debate.

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