Nation’s 3rd Leading Cause of Death? Medical Errors

Study: Medical errors third-leading cause of death.

ABC World News Tonight (5/3, story 10, 0:30, Llamas, 14.63M) reported John Hopkins researchers say medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the US, with an estimated 250,000 fatal medical mistakes in 2013. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths.

The CBS Evening News (5/3, story 7, 1:35, Pelley, 11.17M) reported that medical errors can include mistakes in diagnosis, poor discharge instructions, “and preventable complications such as infections picked up in the hospital.” Dr. Martin Makary of John Hopkins School of Medicine said such mistakes “shouldn’t happen in a sound health care system.” Dr. Jon Lapook added that “patients can only do so much” to defend themselves, and ultimately, it is up to hospitals and medical centers to “shine a light on the problem.”

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