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How many people die every year due to hospital errors?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It's estimated that as many as 180,000 patients die every year because of errors in hospitals. Two million patients get an infection while hospitalized, which proves fatal for 90,000 of them.
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