Our Nation’s 3rd Largest Killer?

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A recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that as many as 210,000 to 440,000 patients who go to the hospital for healing die each year as a result of preventable medical deaths. This makes medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous report “To Err is Human” which created an enormous uproar when it reported that up to 98,000 people die every year because of mistakes made in hospitals.… Read more »