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What to know about hospital hazards

Hospitals can be hazardous. Here's how to avoid harm.

Hospital-acquired conditions

  • Harm in the hospital, or "hospital-acquired conditions (HAC)," includes medication errors, falls, pressure ulcers, blood clots, obstetric adverse events and healthcare-associated infections
  • A recent study of 11 hospitals in Massachusetts found that serious preventable harm occurred in about 1% of hospital admissions
  • A "National Scorecard" on HAC details how often each type of problem occurs


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