Alarming new study estimates up to 440,000 deaths per year caused by preventable medical errors

The full article can be read on Forbes.com.

Here is the summary of it:

In 1999, Americans learned that 98,000 people were dying every year from preventable errors in hospitals. That came from a widely touted analysis by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called To Err Is Human.

As it turns out, those numbers were way off.

According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than was previously thought, as many as 440,000 a year!!

It appears the discrepancy was largely due to a lack of concrete data to use in estimating the full extent of deadly medical errors.

Based on these new numbers, death from preventable medical errors now claims the third spot on leading causes of death, beating out deaths from diabetes and auto accidents!

According to the article, the number of deaths caused by medical errors would be equivalent to killing off the whole population of Atlanta one year, Miami the next and then the equivalent of Oakland the next.

“These people are not dying from the illnesses that caused them to seek hospital care in the first place. They are dying from mishaps that hospitals could have prevented. What do these errors look like? The sponge left inside the surgical patient, prompting weeks of mysterious, agonizing abdominal pain before the infection overcomes bodily functions. The medication injected into a baby’s IV at a dose calculated for a 200 pound man. The excruciating infection from contaminated equipment used at the bedside. Sadly, over a thousand people a day are dying from these kinds of mistakes.”

This is an alarming and very troubling article.

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