Image of scissors left inside of a patient after surgery courtesy of iStockphoto/LukaszPanek
"The annual medical error death toll is higher than that for fatal car crashes,” says Phil Bronstein, in his investigative report for the San Francisco Chronicle. The precise number of these deaths is still unknown because many states lack a standard or mandatory reporting system for injuries due to medical mistakes.

Image of scissors left inside of a patient after surgery courtesy of iStockphoto/LukaszPanek

Phil Bronstein"The annual medical error death toll is higher than that for fatal car crashes,” says Phil Bronstein, in his investigative report for the San Francisco Chronicle. The precise number of these deaths is still unknown because many states lack a standard or mandatory reporting system for injuries due to medical mistakes.