Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Medical Errors Cause a Third of Deaths

From the article: 
Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.
In 2013, at least 250,000 people died not from the illnesses or injuries that prompted them to seek hospital care but from preventable mistakes, according to the study.
That number exceeds deaths from strokes and Alzheimer's combined, and is topped only by heart disease and cancer, which each claim about 600,000 lives per year.
The death toll from medical mishaps would be even higher if nursing homes and out-patient care were included, the researchers found.

Is this for real?  I have known for a few years that the error rates in hospitals are higher than we want to own up to, but "third largest cause of death"?  At some point, you begin to wonder if you really want to go to the hospital or take your chances at home.