10/26/2012 07:31 am ET

How to Make Your Hospital Stay Safer and Cheaper: A Checklist

Elizabeth Bailey made quite a few assumptions when her father developed double vision and needed to see the doctor. She thought that he would receive the proper diagnosis and prescription dosage, to name just two.

Instead, the 81-year-old in "robust health" aside from mild type 2 diabetes -- a man who loved to travel throughout Europe, read Henry James and mix a strong martini -- went "crazy almost overnight" from an entirely preventable medication error due to a series of lapses in basic doctor-patient communication.

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