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Treating Health Care
July/August 2002 (vol. 6 no. 4)
pp. 4-5

The numbers are staggering. In a chilling report, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that somewhere between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year from "avoid-able medical errors," costing the nation about US$17 billion to US$29 billion annually. Errors include failing to make timely and accurate diagnosis, selecting improper treatment, and following a treatment plan incorrectly. For example, hospital staff might give the wrong drug or dosage, or a surgeon might operate on the wrong body part. Errors in surgery or emergency treatment can be especially serious.

Citation:
Munindar P. Singh, "Treating Health Care," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 4-5, July-Aug. 2002, doi:10.1109/MIC.2002.1020317
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