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A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care

According to the author of this article, preventable medical error death numbers (when calculated with diagnostic errors, errors of omission, etc) might be between 210,000 and 440,000 per year, up from the 98-99,000 estimated in the older IOM report. That would make preventable med errors the #3 cause of death in the US.

Read the article on Journal of Patient Safety here

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  1. skulljockey says

    Speaking of Evidence based estimates, the Lancet reports (again!) , that a significant number of patients do not receive evidence based care. This study was reported ten years after the first .. with little improvement at the bedside. Maybe things are different in North America?

    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62286-2/fulltext?rss=yes



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