People in New York who have been hospitalized recently may be surprised to learn how high the numbers are of patient deaths in hospitals due to preventable errors. As the third leading cause of death, preventable medical errors in those facilities are responsible for around 200,000 to 400,000 fatalities each year.
According to an article in the Journal of Patient Safety, such errors may also be under-reported. One study found that patients reported three times more mistakes than were noted in their charts. Among all physicians, cardiologists were the least likely to report errors, but physicians in other specialties were resistant to doing so as well.