Report: Preventable Medical Errors in Hospitals Are Third Leading Cause of Death in US

By Joe Gullo

Published 07/17 2014 05:46PM

Updated 07/17 2014 06:20PM

WASHINGTON - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he's surprised by a new report showing preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the nation. That's just after heart disease and cancer.

Sanders chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Health and aging.   

The group was presented with the findings on Thursday.

"A recent study by the Journal of Patient Safety found that as many as 440,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors. 440,000 a year. That's more than 1,000 a day," Sen. Sanders said.

Testimony shows there has been progress, but thousands of patients still die unnecessarily from things like infections, adverse drug effects, and diagnostic errors.

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