Unnecessary / Otherwise Preventable Deaths Occur Each Year

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), previously known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), found as far back as 1999 – that as few as 44,000 people and as many as 98,000 people – die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented according to estimates from two major studies. Even using the 44,000 death estimate, preventable medical errors in hospitals exceed attributable deaths to more well known and feared threats, including deadly automobile accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS.

Citation

To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, Institute of Medicine, November 1999.

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