1. Gonzalez, Rose MPS, RN

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A Colorado-based health data company, HealthGrades, released a report stating that as many as 195,000 people a year may be dying in U.S. hospitals as a result of preventable errors. This estimate doubles the previous figure released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The HealthGrades study included as mistakes the failure to rescue dying patients and the death of low-risk patients from infections-neither of which was included by the IOM. The company looked at three years of Medicare data in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It found 1.14 million "patient safety incidents" among 37 million hospitalizations. Further information on this study can be found at: