Medical errors cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year

surgical_tools_1770-770x460Medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States, enough to make them the nation’s third-leading cause of death if they were recognized in official statistics, experts say.

If the statistical rules change, medical mistakes would trail only heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of US fatalities.

“Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven’t been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics,” says Martin Makary, professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Researchers performed their calculations based on eight years of US medical death rate data. The results reflect the fact that national death statistics are derived from a system built for another purpose: generating bills and collecting insurance payments.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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