Our Hilo correspondent, Rob Shapiro, brought an important NPR story to our attention. Reading it may save a loved one's, or your own, life!
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous "To Err Is Human" report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.
In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.
Now comes a of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.
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How Many Die from Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals
Who among us does not know at least one person who died unnecessarily in hospitals?