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Cause of Death: Sloppy Doctor's Handwriting 7000 a Year

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posted on Mar, 4 2007 @ 08:46 PM
I thought this would be a good article to add to the forum. I would hate to have a doctor screw up like this, but then again I don't go to doctors unless I need a bone set or get in an accident.

Time Magazine - Doctors Handwriting Cause 7000 Deaths a Year

Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. It's a shocking statistic, and, according to a July 2006 report from the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medication mistakes also injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually. Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the 3.2 billion prescriptions written in the U.S. every year.

[edit on 4-3-2007 by Realtruth]

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