1 in 3 to experience hospital error

NASHVILLE (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) -- More than 10,000 Americans die each year from medication errors. That's why hospitals are trying new ways to protect patients.

April 7, 2011 2:31:57 PM PDT
Despite some new safety measures, hospital errors are still fairly common in the U.S.

About one in three people in the U.S. will encounter some kind of mistake during an average hospital stay. These latest numbers come from a new method of identifying medical errors and that rate is actually 10 times greater than previously thought.

Medical errors can range from bedsores to objects left in the body after surgery to life threatening staph infections.

Experts say there have been great improvements in health care over the past decade but overall progress has been agonizingly slow. The report is published in the April issue of Health Affairs.