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Medical Errors Are Expensive, Continue to Be Big Problem


In 2011, an editorial in The Lancet (2011; 377 [April 14]: 1289) reviewed medical errors in U.S. hospitalizations. The editorial first reviewed the Institute of Medicine's 1999 landmark report “To Err is Human,” which estimated that avoidable medical errors contributed to 44,000 to 98,000 deaths annually in U.S. hospitals.  Measuring Adverse Events: 3 different methods commonly used for measuring adverse events in hospitals were compared: (1) voluntary reporting, (2) the Agenc more...
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