In the news: I didn't spot the story reported tonight, but the number of up to 100,000 deaths per year in the US due to medical errors was cited. Some related reading which shows that hospitals are about [maybe half] as dangerous as cigarettes; based on a simple head count of wrongful deaths each year.
http://www.independenttribune.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=CIT%2FMGArticle%2FCIT_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031783552377&path=!news [Broken]The idea is to increase patient safety. One in every five Americans reports that they or a family member have experienced some kind of medical error. In 1999, 44,000 to 98,000 deaths were because of medical error. [continued]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/4121542.stmIt is estimated around 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are caused by "breakdowns in patient safety".
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/12/AR2005071201555.htmlNationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has estimated that as many as 2 million infections are acquired in hospitals each year, resulting in 90,000 deaths, said Denise Cardo, director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. [continued]
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