Staying Healthy

Staying safe while getting well

Adverse events — many of them potentially preventable — can leave hospital patients vulnerable. How can you protect yourself?

By , Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
  • Reviewed by Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor

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You're ensconced in a hospital bed, surrounded by dedicated doctors and nurses and relieved to be recovering in a place whose mission is to get you well.

But are you safe? That may seem like a strange question when you're in a facility intended to restore your health or even save your life.

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About the Author

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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Maureen Salamon is executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later covered health and medicine for a wide variety of websites, magazines, and hospitals. Her work has … See Full Bio
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About the Reviewer

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Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor

Dr. Toni Golen is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, practicing in Boston. Dr. Golen completed her residency training at George Washington University Medical Center in 1995, and is an associate professor at Harvard Medical … See Full Bio
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