Medical Malpractice Is a Leading Cause of Preventable Death in District of Columbia

Deaths from preventable medical error kill as many people in the nation's capital as guns, and far more than motor vehicle crashes, according to a new report from the D.C. Department of Health. The report, the first of its kind in the District of Columbia, analyzed the 5,168 total deaths reported to health officials in 2007. It determined that fully half of the deaths could have been prevented.

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