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Sen. Boxer visits O.C. to discuss medical errors
Orange County Register

Ask the guy next door what the three leading causes of death in America are, and he will likely nail the first two: heart disease and cancer.

But for the third, “They’ll say something that’s so far off,” Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday, speaking to reporters during a tour of Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Santa Ana.

The third cause: medical errors. Largely preventable, such hospital errors as infections, injuries from falls and bedsores are estimated to kill as many as 440,000 people per year – more than strokes and accidents combined.