180,000: Number Of Deaths Now Linked To Hospitals

For years, "90,000" was a powerful reason to stay out of the hospital. That was the annual number of deaths attributed to hospital-related errors and infections. But now — not that we needed any more reason to try to stay unhospitalized — a new federal study of Medicare patients ups the estimate of annual hospital-related deaths to 180,000.

The New York Times report is here and the Office of the Inspector General's report is here.

This program aired on November 16, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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