Hospital care can be deadly for certain patients

November 16, 2010 2:05:26 PM PST
Hospital care-related problems contribute to the deaths of about 15,000 Medicare patients every month, according to a new government study.

It found one in seven patients suffers harm from hospital care including infections, bed sores, and excessive bleeding from blood thinning drugs.

Another study finds one-third of U.S. patients dying of cancer end up getting costly but futile treatment in hospitals when hospice care to ease their suffering would be more appropriate.

The Dartmouth Atlas study found patients often unnecessarily receive care in ICU and invasive procedures along with last ditch treatments that are expensive and upsetting to families.