Medical Mistakes — A Leading Cause of Death in the United States
Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 5, 2007
Did you know that preventable medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States?
We all know about the oath our doctors take to “do no harm”. But, we also know that doctors are human, and humans make mistakes. What you might not know is; Death due to medical mistakes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is estimated that over 100,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors.
Medical errors account for more deaths in America than breast cancer, AIDS or car accidents annually. — read full article
This is a lot of people. To put this number into perspective; I just did a post on the HPV vaccine, that hopes to prevent 70% of the 3,670 deaths a year associated with cervical cancer. The problem of deaths due to medical mistakes is twenty times greater than the deaths caused by cervical cancer. — read my full post at BlogHer
Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Starfield has documented the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm in the following statistics:
Deaths Per Year
|106,000||Non-error, negative effects of drugs2|
|80,000||Infections in hospitals10|
|45,000||Other errors in hospitals10|
|7,000||Medication errors in hospitals9|
|250,000||Total deaths per year from iatrogenic* causes|
* The term iatrogenic is defined as “induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially to pertain to a complication of treatment.” — read full article
9 Responses to “Medical Mistakes — A Leading Cause of Death in the United States”
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.