Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Medical Mistakes 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.A.

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?
by Marshall Allen, ProPublica, 19 Sept 2013

A recent study published by the Journal of Patient Safety says the number of deaths resulting from medical mistakes in U.S. hospitals may be between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year.

“That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.”
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One wonders, what happens to this comparison if the "medical mistakes" category were expanded to include "nursing homes" and other extended care institutions? I will bet that the "medical mistakes" category will move up on the list of leading causes of death in the U.S. 
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