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Announcing a new AHRQ patient fact sheet on medical errors

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a new fact sheet with practical tips to help people protect themselves from errors in their health care. 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors has specific, research-based recommendations on preventing medical errors related to medicines, hospital stays, and surgery. It also includes other general recommendations to help prevent medical errors.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors advises patients that the single most important way to help prevent errors is to be an active member of their own health care team, taking part in every decision about the care they receive. Print copies of this one-page fact sheet (AHRQ Publication No. 00-P038, English; No. 00-P039, Spanish) are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse. Or, select Medical Errors & Patient Safety to access other information on this important topic.

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