Hospital mistakes kill 15,000 seniors monthly

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

(WFLX) - A startling statistic: Hospital mistakes kill 15,000 senior citizens a month.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 13 percent of Medicare patients in the U.S. experience a major problem each month in American hospitals and some 15,000 of them die as a result.

The culprits are typically surgical mistakes or infections that originated in, and spread through, the hospital.

The study was designed to track medical errors, determine their preventability, and then estimate the cost of those errors to Medicare plans.

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