The Third-Leading Cause Of Death Is Preventable, But Candidates Don’t Mention It
Curiously, experts even disagree over how to measure the death toll from medical errors. Earlier this year the reputable BMJ released a study showing that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. But some researchers pushed back, citing concerns about the study’s definition of medical error. This led to a distracting and disheartening series of arguments in the medical literature about which errors outright kill patients and which merely hasten a patient’s inevitable decline. Can’t we agree that even one preventable patient death is one too many? And everyone agrees that at a minimum the death toll is in the thousands.
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