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OTHER => NEWS => Topic started by: agate on May 06, 2016, 05:18:30 pm

Title: Medical errors said to be 3rd leading cause of US deaths
Post by: agate on May 06, 2016, 05:18:30 pm
From NEJM Journal Watch, May 4, 2016:

Medical Errors Third-Leading Cause of U.S. Deaths?

By Joe Elia

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

Death certificates should allow "medical error" to be listed as a cause, researchers argue in The BMJ.

Evaluating estimates published over the past decade, the authors figure that there are roughly 250,000 deaths attributable to medical errors in the U.S. each year. That would rank such errors behind heart disease and cancer, but ahead of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as the third most common cause of death in the country.

The authors argue that acknowledging medical errors openly and making them more visible for wider review would create a "culture of learning from our mistakes."

The BMJ article can be seen here (