Hospitals Can be Dangerous
- Drug errors (average one mistake per patient per day)
- Surgical errors
- Safety violations – antibiotic-resistant infections, bed sores
- Fraud and conflict of interest
- Privacy and security issues
- Lack of communication
- Lack of unified information technologies
- Lack of transparency and performance accountability
- Push for speed and efficiency silences patient communication
- Not patient-centric
Marty Makary, M.D.
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- If at all possible, avoid going to the hospital unless it is a necessity.
- Before you go, check the online ratings for the hospitals near you and make a common sense choice for the best care.
- If you must go, take a close family member or friend to be an advocate for you during your stay.
- If you’re in the hospital, you can’t be “too” safe. Take the time to check everything and question what is being done – drugs prescribed, treatments suggested, surgeries recommended.