Medical error is estimated to be
the 3rd biggest killer in the US.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine concluded that
over a quarter of a million people
died in 2013 due to mistakes made
by health care professionals. That
number, which was based only on
people who died inside a hospital,
is more than double the number of
suicides, firearm deaths, and motor
vehicle fatalities combined.
(That number doesn’t account for those who died after they were mistakenly sent home. Medical error is not included in cause of death rankings or on death certificates, and these fatal mistakes often go unreported. This ultimately causes other medical professionals to encounter the same life-threatening mistakes because they’ve no examples to reference as a warning.)