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Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

Gene Fahrenkrog - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A new study by patient safety researchers at John Hopkins University shows common medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. (Deirdra O'Regan/The Washington Post)

Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research said in an interview that this category includes everything from bad doctors to poor communications from department to department. 

Note the graph published in The Washington Post, that there are more deaths from Medical error than from respiratory diseases, accidents, strokes, and Alzheimer’s. See the complete article from the Washington Post here.


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