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.