Does this recent finding surprise you? It shouldn't. After all, a rate of approximately 1 defect in every 1000 opportunities is a common rate of error across multiple service industries. A better question is: "should we have thought for so long that Medicine was any different?"
Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.