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Scrutiny of medical errors increases

Health Care Auditing Strategies, December 1, 2008

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by Camella Boateng

An estimated 44,000–98,000 American adults die each year from preventable medical errors, such as improper blood transfusions, wrong-site surgery, or falls in a healthcare facility, according to the 1999 Institute of Medicine article “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.” Avoidable errors result in additional medical care and discomfort, disability, or death. Further, these errors adversely affect household productivity and personal incomes.  

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