April 28, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) calls for new solutions to prevent hospital errors that put patients at needless risk, killing between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans each year.
Preventable hospital injuries claim as many as 440,000 patients’ lives each year, representing a woefully under-met area of clinical need, according to a new report released by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Sen. Boxer called on hospitals and clinics to devise and share ways to minimize common hospital injuries, such as infections and adverse drug events, in order to prevent needless deaths.
“Many people will be shocked to hear this, but medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in America today,” Boxer said in prepared remarks. “These deaths are all the more heartbreaking for families because they are preventable.”