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Medical Errors – The Third Leading Cause of Death in America

June 7th, 2016 By Steven Knope, MD

The Third Leading Cause of Death in America

Many of you have read the recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers that showed medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in America.  Deaths from medical mistakes – some 251,000 people per year – are outnumbered only by deaths from heart disease and cancer.  Medical mistakes have become a national epidemic.

Reasons for medical errors:  I am going to explore some of the factors that have led to so many medical errors. … Read the rest