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Hospital safety plan may save lives, money: government

A hospital patient care and safety initiative aimed at preventing medical errors and hospital-acquired infections could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars, U.S. government and industry officials said on Tuesday. Full story

1 in 3 hurt by hospital errors, study finds

About one in three people in the United States will encounter some kind of mistake during a hospital stay, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Full story

Errors still common in U.S. hospitals

About one in three people in the United States will encounter some kind of mistake during a hospital stay, U.S. researchers said Thursday. Full story

One in 16 U.S. surgeons consider suicide: survey

A considerable number of U.S. surgeons struggle with thoughts of suicide, with burnout and past medical errors as possible reasons, according to a survey covering thousands of surgeons. Full story

Study: Errors lead surgeons to contemplate suicide

A study suggests medical errors, job burnout and depression lead surgeons to contemplate suicide at higher rates than the general public, and they're much less likely to seek help. Full story

Surgical checklists might cut malpractice claims

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Surgical checklists not only save lives by preventing medical errors, they could also make a big dent in medical malpractice claims, Dutch researchers say. Full story

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  Bad diagnosis nearly costs dog’s life

A pathologist’s report of aggressive bone cancer turned out to be wrong for Finnegan, a 7-year-old Greyhound. Three years later, he’s happy and healthy and his owners are glad they got a second opinion, though they worry about medical errors in other pets.