According to the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 people die from medical mistakes every year. NPR reports that the numbers of those dying from medical mistakes have been getting progressively worse, and may in fact be the third leading cause of death in America. While the initial projection of 98,000 in 1999, even medical professionals don’t know the exact number. Some tools have recently come onto the market to help prevent medical mistakes including the Global Trigger Tool which sorts through medical records for potential mistakes or preventable infections. The tool is what John T. James, the author of the article, used to calculate the 210,000 to 440,000 number.
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