Almost all people in Minneapolis will have a serious encounter with the health care system at some point in their lives. Minneapolitans and Minnesotans generally are blessed with one of the finest health care systems in the country. Still, there are a staggering number of deaths each year attributable to preventable mistakes.
Just how many of these preventable deaths happen? Experts estimate that 440,000 people die per year as a result of preventable mistakes. That amounts to well over 1,000 deaths a day. These deaths occur both inside and outside of the hospital setting.