(CNSNews.com) – Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and three of his medical students are asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “list medical error as the third most common cause of death in the U.S.”
“From studies that analyzed documented health records, we calculated a pooled incidence rate of 251,454 deaths per year,” or about 9.7 percent of all deaths nationwide, due to medical error, Makary and his students wrote in a May 1 letter to CDC director Thomas Frieden.
“The CDC should list medical error as the third most common cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease (611,105 deaths per year) and cancer (584,881 deaths per year) and replacing respiratory disease (149,205 deaths per year),” the letter stated.
According to the Johns Hopkins team’s analysis of the scientific literature on medical errors, which was published in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) on May 3, deaths caused by medical error are far more common than CDC statistics indicate. READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE