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Surgery, of any kind, can be worrisome. But, how can concerned consumer find out how their doctors and hospitals are ranked in terms of safety? Below are some helpful links to sites that can help answer that very question.

Consumer Reports provides Hospital Ratings – the ratings compiled based on responses of millions of patients. It also includes data on readmissions and infection rates.

Hospital quality ratings in 30 categories can be found on Health Grades.

Hospital Compare – The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) offers information on Medicare hospitals, and can help you compare different facilities.

U.S. News Best Hospitals 2011-12: Find out about the best hospitals in the U.S.A. Rankings is listed by category.

2011 National Patient Safety Goals by The Joint Commission is worth a read.

Additionally, read 98,000 Reasons to Care about Patient Safety. And visit 98000 Reasons by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), named after the number of Americans who die from medical errors ever year.

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