Medical Error Kills Almost As Many People As Heart Disease
Two doctors believe changing how we report cause of death could help reduce fatalities from medical errors.By Calvin Stovall | May 4, 2016
Doctors from Johns Hopkins, one of the most prestigious medical centers in the world, are trying to lower the number of deaths caused by medical error.
Those medical errors include mistakes in execution — like when surgeons leave tools in patients — and improper diagnosis, planning and treatment.
The researchers argue these errors are responsible for more deaths in the U.S. than any disease except heart disease and cancer. But they also believe there's a solution.