Death by hospital: Who’s right?
Dr. Kaveh Shojania, a prominent patient safety expert who scoffs at the numbers and laughs at the tragedy inflicted on countless victims of medical error, should step down as editor of a leading hospital safety journal.
About three years ago, a scientist named John James published a study proclaiming that — at minimum — 210,000 people die every year from hospital errors, making it the third leading cause of death in this country. At the high-end, “the true number of premature deaths associated with preventable harm to patients was estimated at more than 400,000 per year,” James wrote. “Serious harm seems to be 10 to 20-fold more common than lethal harm.”
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