May 6, 2016

HURRY ROBOTS:

This is secretly killing 10% of Americans (EMMA COURT, 5/04/16, Marketwatch)
 
Medical error is nowhere to be found on the government's list of what kills Americans every year.

But that's a deadly oversight, according to a letter from a professor and three students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Death certificates don't allow for medical error as an option, the authors wrote, even though these deaths -- caused by preventable mistakes on the part of medical professionals -- could account for nearly 10% of deaths in the U.S., by their projections.

After heart disease and cancer, medical error would -- if tracked -- be the third-leading cause of death on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ranking, above respiratory disease. 

Posted by at May 6, 2016 3:23 PM

  

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