Medical Error Statistics
Alarming Trend: Medical Errors Have Increased in the U.S.
The editors present other attention-getting statistics from several scientific studies establishing that medical errors remain a serious problem in the U.S. and appear to have increased over the last 10 years, despite national attention called to this problem.
The Lancet editors ask, “Why?” And, they make some suggestions that should well be considered by medical professionals, patients and caregivers, and policy makers in the U.S.
|Keep in mind that 120,000 deaths from medical errors each year is based only on what gets reported. Most deaths from medical errors get covered up. Doctors are clever liars.|
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The editorial, entitled, “Medical errors in the USA: human or systemic?“, appears in the April 16, 2011 Issue of The Lancet. It cites and describes the findings of several published studies on medical errors in the U.S. by recognized U.S. scientific and professional sources. Among them are the following: