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Most errors at hospitals go unreported

The New York Times, January 6, 2012

Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized, federal investigators say in a new report issued today by the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Even after hospitals investigate preventable injuries and infections that have been reported, they rarely change their practices to prevent repetition of the "adverse events," according to the study.