Medical Errors are Third Leading Cause of Death in United State

We have all heard of horrific medical errors like tools
being sewn back up into a patient or having the wrong limb amputated but the
perception that these types of errors were rare has been shattered through
research. The National Institutes of Health landmark report issued in 1999 called
“To Err is Human” estimated that medical errors caused 98,000 deaths each year.
A new study published May 3 in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ analyzed
four previous studies conducted between 2000 and 2008 and concluded that medical
errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., actually
accounting for 251,000
deaths annually; more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and
Alzheimer’s
. This number equates to almost 700 deaths per day or about 9.5
percent of all deaths annually in the United States. It is almost triple the
number of deaths found to be the result of medical errors in the 1999 study. Part
of the reason for the disparity is that the recent analysis delved deeper into
causes ranging from incompetent doctors to communication breakdowns between
staff as a patient is handed off to a different department.

A system of secrecy

Health care providers may tout their patient safety records by
highlighting safety committees and protocols but few provide the public with
specific information on actual cases of harm due to mistakes. Compounding the
problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t require
reporting of errors in the data it collects about deaths through billing codes,
which means a lack of data on the national level.

The current network of doctors and hospitals has worked to
hush research and discussion into deaths made by medical errors; we are only
now beginning to understand the real consequences of the status quo. Clearly,
this limited discussion has not been keeping patients safe.

The law in all 50 states allows medical professionals,
hospitals and other health care facilities to deny access to peer review
findings about what may have caused the serious injury or death. This means
that medical mistakes are allowed to be buried and kept away from medical
malpractice attorneys and family members of the victims, even in the case of a
seriously injured patient.

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malpractice case?

If you or a family member was the victim of a medical error,
you may have a medical malpractice case. Contact an experienced medical
malpractice attorney who can help you to fight for the damages you deserve. The
majority of patients who are the victim of medical errors choose never to file
a medical malpractice claim even though they may have a case; don’t miss out on
compensation for your loss.

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A new study published May 3 in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ analyzed
four previous studies conducted between 2000 and 2008 and concluded that medical
errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., actually
accounting for rel=”nofollow” >251,000
deaths annually; more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and
Alzheimer’s.

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