Change is hard. At some point in time everyone has had to try to change a habit in order to improve at something. That kind of change is hard because people get comfortable in their routines. That kind of change is difficult because people have to act deliberately to avoid slipping into their old habits. That kind of change is difficult because sometimes it begins to change the way people interact with other elements of their lives. It is that kind of change that researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine would like to see at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These researchers are calling on the CDC to add medical errors to its annual list of the top causes of death in the United States.
The research that was done at Johns Hopkins estimates that there are over 250,000 deaths in the United States every year as a result of medical errors. If these were included on the CDC's list as it exists now it would put medical errors as the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.