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Researchers Say Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of U.S Deaths

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Research on deaths in the United States indicates that the third leading cause is medical errors.

After analyzing medical death rate data for over eight years, the patients safety experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine have calculated more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the United States.

A professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is asking the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to correct its records and list medical errors as the third most common cause of death in the United States. In an open letter sent to the CDC, it states:

"We suggest that the CDC allow clinicians to list medical error as the cause of death, and, in the interim, the CDC should list medical error as the third most common cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease (611,105 deaths per year) and cancer (584,881 deaths per year) and replacing respiratory disease (149,205 deaths per year)."

To read the open letter to the CDC, click here. To learn more about this study, please click here.

Sources:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/03/476636183/death-certificates-undercount-toll-of-medical-errors

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2822345-Hopkins-CDC-letter.html

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