A study from the University of California at San Diego has found that July is the deadliest month for hospital errors. For all other months, the rate of medication mistakes within hospitals stays about even, but in July, that rate consistently spikes by 10%. The researchers reviewed 62 million U.S. death certificates issued between 1979 and 2006. Of those, 244,388 listed medication errors in a hospital as the cause of death. That's a disturbingly high quarter of a million people who died unnecessarily because someone in the hospital messed up their medication. The errors included accidental overdose of a drug, wrong drug given, drug taken inadvertently, and accidents in drugs used in medical and surgical procedures. Find out why this may be happening and what you can do to protect yourself with this health podcast!