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Report: Hospital Medication Errors Commonplace

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Report: Hospital Medication Errors Commonplace

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Report: Hospital Medication Errors Commonplace

Report: Hospital Medication Errors Commonplace

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From mix-ups caused by similar-sounding names to accidental overdoses, more than 1.5 million people in hospitals and nursing homes are injured each year by medication errors, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Guests:

David Bates, member, Institute of Medicine Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors; chief of the Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Donald Berwick, president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy, Harvard Medical School, professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health