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Hospitals in the Washington, DC, region tally their avoidable mistakes

Washington Post, July 21, 2009

There were hundreds of incidents of death or serious medical harm disclosed in the past year by hospitals in the Washington, DC, region, preventable errors that until recently have not required public reporting. Under laws that took effect last year in Virginia and a few years earlier in Washington and Maryland, hospitals must report to health regulators many serious injuries that patients suffer in the course of treatment.