Leading Causes of Death in the US
- Heart disease
- Medical errors
In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.
Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says.
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What’s the right number? Nobody knows for sure.
In other news, the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization has set a goal of a 25% reduction in death by non-communicable – and totally preventable – diseases across the Americas by 2025.
Would they included death by medicine-as-usual, as well.