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How to avoid falling victim to a hospital mistake

CNN.com, November 13, 2009
Many hospitals have been trying to reduce malpractice litigation exposure recently by admitting their mistakes. However, a recent case involving a pregnant woman who was mistakenly given a CT scan meant for a woman of the same first name, that tactic appears to have backfired. A Banner hospital in Arizona apparently mistook Kerry Higuera for another woman named Kerry who was to have had the CT. As a result, her unborn child was irradiated and though the hospital admitted its mistake and apologized, the child and his family still face the possibility that he will develop abnormally, and it appears the hospital will probably be sued.