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Leading Causes of Death in the US

Posted by Laura on February 6, 2015

Have you thought about the leading causes of death in the US?

Back in 2009, the 8th leading cause of death was due to medical errors. An average of 195,000 deaths annually in the US (Watson, 2009). According the Joint Commission, the near-miss sentinel events such as catching medication errors before administration to patients, are non-reviewable sentinel events. Meds given, which don’t cause death or loss of function, and unsuccessful suicide attempts are a few others. The Joint Commission requires a root cause analysis and action plan for reviewable events. Some of these areas are the paralysis, coma, death, or major permanent loss of function (Watson, 2009). If we can practice better communication skills, we can help make a change in the a leading cause of death in the US.

Currently the World Health Organization shows, in order,  the top 15 causes of death in US:

Heart Disease

Cancer

Stroke

Lung Disease

Accidents

Alzheimer’s

Diabetes

Influenza-Pneumonia

Nephritis/Kidney

Blood Poisonings

Suicide

Liver Disease

Hypertension/Renal

Parkinson

Homicide

Data Retrieved from WHO, and

Watson, D. (2009). Sentinel events. AORN Journal, 90(6), 926-929. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2009.11.043

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