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98,000 people die from medical errors each year

A 15 year old boy had a chest operation that went well. He was then overmedicated with a postsurgical pain relief. The medication led to an ulcer which ultimately led to bleeding and his death. During the time of his deteriorating condition, no real effort was made to determine the cause. This error is but one of the errors that results in 98,000 American deaths each year. There is constant debate amongst professionals and victims about how to fix the problem. Compulsory reporting of medical errors is one step in the right direction.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by AARP Bulletin

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About: 98,000 people die from medical errors each year

Date: November 2004

Source: AARP Bulletin

Author: Trudy Lieberman


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