Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Estimates range from 98,000 deaths a year[i] to 400,000 deaths.[ii] But, we all need to go the hospital sometimes, and 3 million families bring a child to the hospital each year. Your Child in the Hospital: A Practical Guide for Parents by Nancy Keene suggests many simple ways that parents can help prevent medical mistakes. Here are just a few of them.