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Tips on Staying Safe in the Hospital

The  most important thing for patients to take with them when they're admitted to the hospital is a gutsy, outspoken friend or family member who understands the health-care system, Kaiser Health News reports.

Those who are unfamiliar with the risks of being forgotten or mistaken for someone else or given the wrong drug or -- well, you get the idea -- should read Kaiser's "Health Care's Dirty Little Secret: No One May Be Coordinating Care."