Missed medical conditions, which may account for as many annual deaths as breast cancer, are an underrated preventable cause of death, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medical errors in the intensive care unit may kill as many as 40,500 patients per year, putting diagnostics on par with breast cancer for patient mortality, according to a new study.
The problem is pervasive yet under-appreciated, researchers concluded based on studies of more than 5,800 autopsy reports from a wide variety of ICU types.
"Our study shows that misdiagnosis is alarmingly common in the acute care setting," lead author Dr. Bradford Winters said in prepared remarks . "To date, there's been very little research to determine root causes or effective interventions."