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Preventing medical miscommunication means fewer medical errors

For a patient about to undergo surgery, a medical error is just about the last thing someone would want to worry about.

Upwards of 100,000 deaths occur in the United States each year because of medical mistakes. One of the biggest factors contributing to the problem is miscommunication or lack of communication between multiple health care professionals.

To address the problem, University of Minnesota health professional education programs are embracing the age-old mantra of learning to work together in class and competition.

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What your running shoes and automobile have in common: the search for a proper fit

When you’re picking a new pair of shoes, a good fit is important, right?Take running shoes, for example. A great shoe has cushioned insoles for protection and when tied correctly the laces are strong and supportive.  A proper fit helps the shoe feel good, but it primarily protects the runner from injury.

Similarly, cars also require a good fit to keep drivers safe. Now, a free program sponsored by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association is underway to ensure drivers are properly fitted in their vehicles.

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