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98,000 Deaths A Year From Medical Errors: Enough is Enough | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

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98,000 Reasons is a website set up to get the word out on how medical errors harm real patients every day and what we can do about it. According to decade-old data published by the National Institute of Medicine, there are documented preventable medical errors which lead to 98,0000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year. That figure does not include patients who are seriously harmed.

Now think about the fact that this number has remained static over 10 years.    Tragically, it is the 6th leading cause of death in our country. To put that into perspective, 98,000 annual deaths is equivalent to 2 jumbo jets crashing every day all year.  Why doesn’t Congress demand answers?  Why are hospitals not held accountable?  How can we allow this to continue?  Those are the questions that we need answers to. Instead, we use our tax dollars to have hearings about baseball and steroid use.

Please take a minute and click here and follow the link to let Congress know how important an issue this is to your family and our country.

Regan Zambri Long
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