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Dr. Ira Williams Compares SIDM Efforts to Improve Medical Diagnosis to the Long Needless Hospital Deaths Track Record of Failure
Date:8/5/2014

Greenville, SC (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

Dr. Ira Williams, author of Find The Black Box, continues his series of Open Letters
(http://is.gd/wdU2CM) by comparing the efforts to improve diagnosis in medicine with the much larger medical failure demonstrated by the tragic fact that every new estimate of needless hospital deaths has been significantly greater than all previous estimates since 1990.

The Biggest Mistake Doctors Make, (http://is.gd/2Dj0Uu) by Laura Landro, (WSJ, November 18, 2013) says, “Misdiagnoses are among the most common, costly and harmful medical errors. But they are also some of the most preventable.” Dr. Mark Graber, founder of SIDM, says, “Diagnostic error is probably the biggest patient-safety issue we face in health care, and it is finally getting on the radar of the patient quality and safety movement.” And Ms. Landro adds “Such devastating errors lead to permanent damage or death for as many as 160,000 patients each year, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.”

Dr. Williams, a SIDM member, says, “ While every effort to improve diagnosis in medicine is laudable, the Johns Hopkins estimate pales in comparison to the established track record of needless hospital deaths between the Brennan, Leape, et.al. 1990 estimate (http://is.gd/LTnBli) of 98,000, and the John James September 2013 estimate (

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