Hospitals have a series of checks and balances in place to prevent as many medical errors from happening as possible. Most of the time, procedural steps like asking a patient’s birthdate to confirm her identity, dispensing medications in a systematized, controlled way, and writing the surgeon’s initials on the body part of the correct surgical site work well. But in rare instances, the circumstances and actions of health care providers line up in such a way that medical errors occur. 100,000 patients in the United States each year wake up to learn that they have been the unintended victim of a medical error.
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