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Medical errors hit home for Bill Clinton

Bill-Clinton-GettyImages-503909552-e1453762840630-600x411Sometimes, not even money and connections are good enough.

The “favorite cousin” of former President Bill Clinton died as the result of a misdiagnosis. A wealthy close friend of his never got a definitive diagnosis for a fatal infection, Clinton said over the weekend.

Keynoting the fourth annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in Dana Point, California, the former president explained how patient safety has become “deeply personal” for him.

Clinton told the story of a cousin who was misdiagnosed at a “perfectly adequate” clinic in Arkansas. “She was diagnosed as having the flu and told to take Theraflu. Forty-eight hours later, she was markedly worse. They rushed her to the hospital. They found out she had sepsis. She was dead in 36 hours.”

“Since 9/11, 45 Americans have been killed by terrorist incidents by people who were acting to advance a form of radical Islamic terror,” Clinton said. Citing National Institutes of Health data, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation said that 200,000 people died annually in U.S. hospitals — and 3 million globally — in ways that could have been prevented.

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