Study: Medical mistakes third leading cause of death

When you think of leading causes of death, cancer, heart disease, maybe car accidents come to mind.

But a new study shows the cure may be more deadly than whatever ails you.

A new study finds – and not for the first time – that medical mistakes could be the third leasing cause of death, according to this CNN report on the findings in the latest edition of BMJ.

The study suggests that medical errors may kill more people than lower respiratory diseases like emphysema and bronchitis do. That would place medical errors right behind heart disease and cancer.

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A new study finds that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

The doctors estimate there are at least 251,454 deaths due to medical errors annually in the United States. And that’s not counting home and nursing home deaths.

The number is also greater than the one cited in a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine that put the number in the 44,000 to 98,000 range.

“We have to make an improvement in patient safety a real priority,” said Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy and management at Johns Hopkins.

To read the whole CNN story click here.

 

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