Friday, August 9, 2013

12 times as many people die from Hospital mistakes than from firearm violence

This infographic I have posted below is very interesting.  Of course, I like to check the statistics I hear about, so I went ahead and did so. 
According to the CDC, less than 1% of deaths in 2010 were intentional homicides/murders (see my chart below) - more than 10 times as many people died from accidents. But even the 0.63% of deaths by homicide does not consist entirely of firearm homicides.  Firearm homicides account for about 2/3 of those, so about 0.42% - less than 1/2 of 1% of all deaths.
According to the Institute of medicine 98,000 Americans die every year from hospital mistakes. Since 1,924,584 are listed in the CDC data, that makes the hospital mistakes about 5% of all deaths.
That's more than 12 times the number of firearm homicides.  The statistics I've pulled are a bit different from the infographic, but since my research is just cursory, the magnitude is close enough for me.

Cause Cause%
Heart Disease 31.04%
Malignant Neoplasms 29.86%
Chronic Low. Respiratory Disease 7.11%
Cerebrovascular 6.72%
Unintentional Injury 6.28%
Alzheimer's Disease 4.29%
Diabetes Mellitus 3.59%
Nephritis 2.45%
Influenza & Pneumonia 2.28%
Suicide 1.68%
Septicemia 1.61%
Liver Disease 1.11%
Homicide 0.63%
Congenital Anomalies 0.35%
HIV 0.30%
Short Gestation 0.22%
Viral Hepatitis 0.12%
SIDS 0.11%
Maternal Pregnancy Comp. 0.08%
PlacentaCord Membranes 0.05%
Bacterial Sepsis 0.03%
Respiratory Distress 0.03%
Circulatory System Disease 0.03%
Necrotizing Enterocolitis 0.02%
Complicated Pregnancy 0.01%
Benign Neoplasms 0.01%
Perinatal Period 0.00%


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