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Tweeted! Why U.S. Hospitals aren’t nearly as Safe as you Think…

Scanning rapidly through my Twitter feed a short while ago, I ran across a tweet from Fareed Zakaria (CNN) that said “The U.S. ranks last out of 19 developed countries in preventable deaths in hospitals.”  Clicking the link, I wound up at CNN World’s public blog site, Global Public Square, where some rather damning findings were presented in an e-pamphlet.

On the off-chance that a journalistic investigation of patient safety and medical errors is an outcome, patients, families, local press and others will likely have many questions for front line health care professionals and administrators.  Leveraging this onslaught of publicity and using it as an opportunity to empower patients to take an interest in their safety would be a positive outcome.  Educating patients, family members and local communities of steps taken to improve patient safety over the years would be another.