Medical harm and preventable medical errors

Preventable medical errors in hospitals exceed deaths from car accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) estimates that nearly 15 million instances of medical harm occur in the United States each year.  

Source: Protecting 5 Million Lives from Harm, by Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Source: To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1999, p. 26.