Reach Us 24/7

Call 248-886-8650 Now

Medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States. These errors cause almost 250,000 deaths nationwide per year. This happens in Michigan and every other state on the map. The situation is so dire that Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides in-depth information for medical professionals concerning patient safety.

Fatal Medical Errors Are Worryingly Frequent

An older report by the Institute of Medicine highlighted the frequency of medical mistakes. Then, it was estimated that 44,000 to 98,000 people die in US hospitals every year, but recent reports indicate that more than one percent of hospital patients die each year due to medical errors. One percent sounds like a small number, but it equals 400,201 deaths per year, which is significant.

A separate report by The Hopkins team relied on information from four studies that researched medical death rates from 2000 to 2008. The team discovered a mean death rate for US medical errors. By applying this rate to the 35 million hospital admissions in 2013, they discovered that 251,454 deaths were caused by medical mistakes. The accuracy of this figure is questionable, however, because researchers were unable to collect data about medical error deaths that occurred in outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and other non-hospital settings in this study. Because of this, there is controversy about which estimate is the most accurate. However, the large numbers determined through both studies prove that not enough is currently being done to address the issue of fatal medical errors.

Reforming Current Methods of Reporting Fatal Medical Errors

Another contributing factor to fatal medical errors is that patient safety is often overlooked in favor of other performance improvement mandates. Reforming the methods of reporting medical errors could make a difference in the prevalence of fatal medical errors because it could impose a higher level of accountability and responsibility on the medical professional. This would also help medical providers know more about where to focus prevention efforts.

To encourage accurate reporting, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been asked to create a new death certificate format. The new format would make it easier for coroners, doctors, and medical examiners to report medical errors that contributed to a patient's death. The change hasn’t been implemented, but the CDC acknowledges medical error deaths are under-reported.

Medical error deaths are an ignored epidemic. Lapses in judgment, incorrect diagnoses, and lack of skill or coordination are preventable complications that lead to patient deaths. Considering the efforts to reform the US healthcare system, these deaths should be nonexistent; but unfortunately, efforts to ensure safer medical care have failed.

Related Posts

Dryden, MI - Four Killed in Fire in...

Dryden, MI (March 21, 2022) - A mobile home fire left four people dead in...

Berlin, MI - I-75 near Ready Rd Scene...

Berlin, MI (February 26, 2022) - I-75 was closed for several hours early on the...

Olive Township, MI - Serious Auto Accident on...

Olive Township, MI (November 30, 2021) - On Sunday, November 28, law enforcement officers were...

Previous PostNext Post

Get Answers From Experienced Lawyers

We are available for free consultations in person, via Zoom or through FaceTime.

Name(Required)
Required Fields *
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

White Lake
Main 

9750 Highland Road
White Lake, MI 48386
248-886-8650White Lake Law 

Flint 

336 W First Street
Flint, MI 48502
810-234-5678Flint Law 

Kalamazoo 

251 North Rose St., Ste 200-6013
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-447-2200Kalamazoo Law 

Ann Arbor 

2723 South State St. Ste 250-15096
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-882-2646Ann Arbor Law 

Grand Rapids 

250 Monroe NW, Ste 400-706039
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-591-3700Grand Rapids 

Southfield 

2000 Town Center, Ste 1900-1237
Southfield, MI 48075
248-886-8650Southfield 

Lansing 

120 N Washington, Ste 300-5101
Lansing, MI 48933
517-546-2279Lansing Law 

Bay City 

401 Center Ave, Ste 25
Bay City, MI 48708

989-262-0787Bay City Law 
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram