Efforts targeting entire care continuum are needed to prevent patient harm
More recent research suggests that number could be as high as 440,000. That would make it the third-leading cause of death in the nation—after heart disease and cancer.
What’s even more stunning is that those estimates are only for errors in hospitals, and most healthcare is delivered outside of hospital settings. Roughly 1 billion ambulatory visits occur annually in the U.S., compared with 35 million hospital admissions.