Each year approximately 98,000 patients die in the USA because of preventable medical errors. This number is equivalent to a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing every other day.
Medical negligence is attributable to preventable errors by physicians, nurses, or technicians. The most common causes for medical negligence are lack of comptetency, poor communication between health care providers, failure to review tests and patient charts, errors in using medical machines and devices, unfamiliarity with current standards, and misinterpretation of tests.
REPORTS FROM INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATORS REGARDING PATIENT SAFETY:
Consumers Union published a report on patient safety that may be accessed at the web address below. Click on the web address below. If the report does not come up you should copy the web address below and paste it inot your web browser's address line.