Hospital Errors Common and Underreported

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"I'm not a doctor, I'm not a nurse. I try to raise awareness," King said.

"When you're going to the hospital, you've got to trust and have faith in that hospital and those doctors," King said. "But with that in mind, we've got to write stuff down. We've got to pay attention. We've got to be organized. We cannot be afraid to speak up and ask questions."

King said it shouldn't be patients against doctors. Rather, "It's got to be a partnership."

"We're there and we're desperate. They're the ones in control," she said. "They're the ones with the degrees and the stethoscopes."

King is hopeful that the global trigger tool and other methods to monitor and report hospital errors will improve patient care.

"Something has got to change," she said. "Whatever we've all been trying to do it's not happening fast enough."

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