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    Abstract


    Objectives: Based on 1984 data developed from reviews of medical records of patients treated in New York hospitals, the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. The basis of this estimate is nearly 3 decades old; herein, an updated estimate is developed from modern studies published from 2008 to 2011.
    Methods: A literature review identified 4 limited studies that used primarily the Global Trigger Tool to flag specific evidence in medical records, such as medication stop orders or abnormal laboratory results, which point to an adverse event that may have harmed a patient. Ultimately, a physician must concur on the findings of an adverse event and then classify the severity of patient harm.
    Results: Using a weighted average of the 4 studies, a lower limit of 210,000 deaths per year was associated with preventable harm in hospitals. Given limitations in the search capability of the Global Trigger Tool and the incompleteness of medical records on which the Tool depends, the true number of premature deaths associated with preventable harm to patients was estimated at more than 400,000 per year. Serious harm seems to be 10- to 20-fold more common than lethal harm.
    Conclusions: The epidemic of patient harm in hospitals must be taken more seriously if it is to be curtailed. Fully engaging patients and their advocates during hospital care, systematically seeking the patientsí voice in identifying harms, transparent accountability for harm, and intentional correction of root causes of harm will be necessary to accomplish this goal.

    More here.

    http://journals.lww.com/journalpatie...t_Harms.2.aspx

    Now if this was car accidents, gun accidents, or a plague people would be screaming for a reform. That this story has been buried and people aren't outraged is amazing...
    Credo quia absurdum.


    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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    How much cost and reduction to access are you willing to accept for increased "safety" in the medical profession?

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      What the studies do not point out is that Americans have come to expect miracles, and if the patient dies, which happens no matter what in many cases, it becomes a "malpractice" suit so that the family can tap into a huge source of insurance money.

      People die, period. No one can save everyone, period. Once upon a time, people clearly understood that life itself was a gamble, every minute of every day.

      America needs to wake up and grow up. "Life" is not guaranteed to anyone by anyone. That's why a lot of you believe in the"afterlife", isn't it?
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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