1 In 5 Medicare Patients Victims Of Medical Injury

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    Nearly one in five Medicare patients are victims of medical injuries that often aren’t related to their underlying disease or condition, according to new research.

    The injuries included: being given the wrong medication, having an allergic reaction to a medication, or receiving any treatment that led to more complications of an existing medical problem.

    “These injuries are caused by the medical care or management rather than any underlying disease,” said lead researcher Mary Carter, director of the Gerontology Program at Towson University in Maryland.

    About two-thirds of these injuries occurred during outpatient care, rather than in the hospital, the study findings showed.

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