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Deadly medical errors: Big mistake to ignore new report
San Diego Union-Tribune

It’s been 17 years since an Institute of Medicine report concluded that medical errors killed from 44,000 to 98,000 people in the United States in 1997. If the high-range estimate was used, that would have made it the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States.

The report generated national headlines and prompted some reforms — including a new emphasis on preventing hospital-acquired infections and some new state laws on hospital accountability. But a considerable amount of energy was spent not on reform but on challenging the report’s findings as exaggerated.

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