|Study: Hospital errors cause 195,000 deaths
Report doubles earlier Institute of Medicine estimate
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Posted: 10:08 AM EDT (1408 GMT)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- As many as 195,000 people a year could be dying in U.S. hospitals because of easily prevented errors, a company said Tuesday in an estimate that doubles previous figures.
Lakewood, Colorado-based HealthGrades Inc. said its data covers all 50 states and is more up-to-date than a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine that said 98,000 people a year die from medical errors.
"The HealthGrades study shows that the IOM report may have underestimated the number of deaths due to medical errors, and, moreover, that there is little evidence that patient safety has improved in the last five years," said Dr. Samantha Collier, vice president of medical affairs at the company.
Couple this with auto fatalities, murders, accidental deaths, and what-have-you, seems like the threat from terrorism is extremely small, so small as to be negligible. Yet it seems to be our very biggest political concern, virtually to the exclusion of all else. This seems incredibly, well, cowardly to me. Your chance of being killed or injured in a future terrorist attack is likely less than you being struck by lightning.
Yet we were so bloody terrified of Iraq maybe buying uranium from Niger, so very afraid of a tinpot dictator and his measly army, that we invaded their country and lost a third as many people as we lost in the Tower attacks, to prevent possible future attacks from a moronic, self-absorbed despot who never laid a finger on us before.
I just don't get it.