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Medical Error Third Leading Cause of Death in US

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University say that medical error is third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

According to research by Johns Hopkins University in 2016, medical error may be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical error is the unintended act (either an action itself or failure to act) that does not result in the intended outcome.  

How is this possible?

The researchers found that medical error was not classified on death certificates, so the exact number of deaths had been under-recognised.

The researchers call for changes in how deaths are reported. The CDC does not capture human or system failures.

Researchers say the numbers translate to 9.5 percent of deaths each year.

What does that mean for medical practitioners?

While the researchers do not suggest that the errors are intentional, it is clear that the extent of the problem has been under-appreciated.

With the amount of information that a doctor needs to recall increasing all the time, doctors are under extreme pressure.

Maintaining high standards of patient care is the first and foremost responsibility of the doctor. Patient consultation and communication skills is one area that MEKSI is able to support medical students and practicing doctors. 

MEKSI enables doctors to safely practise their patient consultation skills in a private, non-judgemental setting. The AI makes MEKSI truly objective and standardised.

 

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