WHO: Hospital visit riskier than flying


July 22, 2011 2:40:35 PM PDT
If you have a fear of flying, some medical experts would like to put your worries into perspective.

The WHO's envoy for patient safety says, if you were admitted to a hospital tomorrow, your chances of being subjected to an error are about one in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error would be one in 300.

Hundreds of millions of people suffer infections linked to healthcare each year. Research suggests more than 50 percent of these infections could be prevented if healthcare workers clean their hand.

Patients are urged to ask questions and be part of decision making in hospitals.

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