Chance of a patient experiencing a medical error – 1 in 10; chance of a patient experiencing a medical error and dying – 1 in 300

These astounding, though not altogether unexpected figures, were announced by Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer for England and current World Health Organization envoy for Patient Safety.  He compared these figures with the universal standard of unexpected deaths – namely those resulting from air crashes, which incidentally weigh in at one in ten million.

It is indeed a matter of grave concern that a dozen years after the Institute of Medicine raised the alarm over patient deaths from medical errors, that the overall rate of medical errors and deaths resulting from such errors remains stubbornly high.

For more details on Sir Liams statements made earlier today, read the Reuters report on this story here.

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