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Medical Errors: Are They Really the Third Leading Cause of Death?

Medical errors are about to come back into the public spotlight thanks to a new documentary. To Err is Human takes its name from the infamous 1999 Institute of Medicine report, which found medical mistakes kill an estimated 98,000 US patients each year. As the documentary notes, newer studies estimate this number could be several times higher. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that medical errors kill as many as 251,000 US patients each year. The study was published in British Medical Journal (also called BMJ) in 2016. A prior study published in the Journal of Patient Safety claims medical mistakes may kill as many as 440,000 patients each year. If these numbers are correct, then it would suggest that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer kill more people each year. What Are Common Medical Mistakes? Medical mistakes…
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How Can Medical Mistakes Cause Cerebral Palsy?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines cerebral palsy as a group of disorders that affect balance and movement. Cerebral palsy can occur when the developing brain is harmed by an abnormality or injury. Medical mistakes made before, during or shortly after birth are a cause of cerebral palsy. The following medical mistakes may lead to cerebral palsy: Failure to respond to fetal distress. Doctors must quickly respond to fetal distress to prevent the possibility of brain damage. For example, a twisted or prolapsed umbilical cord could lead to a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. Newborns can also suffer oxygen deprivation if they become stuck in the birth canal. Failure to treat severe infant jaundice. Infants can develop athetoid cerebral palsy if they do not receive care for severe cases of jaundice. Jaundice, a condition caused by excessive levels of bilirubin, can lead to kernicterus. This is a…
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