Whether you'd like to get fit, lose weight, quit smoking, or manage stress, you need a good plan if you are to achieve your health and wellness goals.
According to the Institute of Medicine, as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. That's more than the annual death toll from car accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. In this section, you'll learn about the many types of medical errors and discover strategies you can use to help prevent errors while you're in the hospital, before you have surgery, and with your medication.
Preventive health care—including annual physical exams, screenings, and immunizations—is essential to good health.
A health screening is a test (usually fast and painless) to find out if you have a specific disease or medical condition. Screenings are vital to good health because the sooner your doctor identifies a problem, the better the chance of curing or managing it. This interactive tool asks a series of questions and presents a list of screenings you may need based on your health and health history.