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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."

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.