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Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death, Study Finds

Medical error is responsible for an average of 250,000 deaths per year in United States hospitals, making it the third biggest cause of death after heart disease and cancer, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The problem is compounded by a death certificate coding system that provides no mechanism for reporting deaths caused by human error or poor decision making.

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