Medical experts are calling for Congress to take action in tracking and reporting preventable medical errors that are harming and sometimes killing patients.
As NPR reports, experts from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project pleaded with legislators to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin tracking medical errors.
Preventable patient harm is the third-leading cause of death in America. NPR says Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, said lawmakers must spend more time battling it and alerting the public.
According to a study by NASA’s John T. James, who heads the advocacy organization Patient Safety America, 40,000 deaths are caused each year by preventable medical errors, including misdiagnosis and medication errors. James has called for the CDC to start a National Patient Safety Board to investigate patient harm.