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Medical errors: Prevalent and with a potential to kill

People die from medical mistakes often enough that it's a problem in the medical system that has to be addressed. Since a report in 1999, the medical community has agreed that somewhere around 98,000 people die because of medical mistakes in hospitals every year. In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services raised that number and indicated that poor care at hospitals contributed to the deaths of around 180,000 patients on Medicare yearly.

What are some common surgical errors?

Although most surgeons are extremely careful not to cause injuries to their patients, there are some who make mistakes. To err is human, but it's still the responsibility of those providing care to take as many precautions as possible. In the case that you are injured, that party should be held responsible.

Ovarian cysts: A correct diagnosis is necessary for treatment

Ovarian cysts are common among women. They are often misdiagnosed, which results in delayed treatment, because symptoms vary and mimic other problems. Some women won't know they have ovarian cysts because they have no symptoms. Others have mild symptoms like a dull ache in the stomach or a slight fever.

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