Medical Errors Now The 3rd Leading Cause Of Death In The US [Video]

Submitted by: trimble 9 months ago Science

And health care is so fucking expensive in America!

Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in a recent interview that stupid human error now makes up one-third of all medical deaths. Doctors, nurses, and other hospital personnel kills more than 251,000 lives every year -- that's more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke, and Alzheimer’s combined.

From The Washington Post:

Makary said in an interview that the [deaths] includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said.

There are 7 comments:
Male 252
As a surgical tech I can say this. I have never left a damn thing inside one of my patients, we count and my counts are 100% good.
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Male 126
Allow me to bore you with statistics and source checking! The original press release says that the numbers are estimated since medical error is not included in death certificate. The reasearchers call for inclusion of medical errors in the death certificate for future datagathering and pinpointing improvement possibilities. Their estimates are based primary on two sets of data: one is the estimates done by Institutte of Medicine in 1999. The other one is a time study (2002-07) at North Carolina hospitals. They used the precentage of deaths due to medical errors and then extrapolated to number of patients in present time. Link to the original press release: http://www.bmj.com/company/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/medical-errors.pdf Link to the reasearch paper (Go open source!): http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2139
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Male 37,914
They call us 1st World. But our medical and educational systems are "who can afford to buy it"..... welcome to the new 3rd world.
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Male 51
We in the medical community are trying. As someone smarter than myself pointed out, this research is being done by doctors and nurses themselves trying to find ways to make everyone safer. That said, we are human and cannot be perfect. You come to us when the need is greatest; we want to help as best we know how.
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Male 746
Indeed. People need to realize that its called "practicing" medicine for a reason: They haven't got it right yet. They are still learning. There has never been a more complex machine than the human body.
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Male 7,775
Behind friendly fire and gun shootings, no doubt. Murica!
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Male 3,430
My last hospital stay (a very rare occurrence for me), the nurse tried to give me the meds of the guy who always refused to take his meds. She called me his name, confused, I looked behind me to see if he was walking behind me. She approached me and I told her she had me confused. She, at first, didn't believe me. Even when I showed her my wristband, she didn't want to look at it. Thinking back on it, I could have taken the wrong meds and then sued the hospital for incompetence, but who knows what his meds would've done to me.
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