Very good piece on patient and caregiver responsibility to play an active role with their medical teams.
The Wall Street Journal recently published a pretty frightening report about the number of people who lose their lives each year due to hospital/doctor/staff error. Can you guess how many people die each year because of medical error? Here’s some stats you might not want to know:
- 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical mistakes. This breaks down to 1,879 people each week or 268 people each day.
- In the U.S., surgeons operate on the wrong body part approximately 40 times each week.
- Approximately 25% of all hospitalized patients will be harmed in some way by a medical error.
- On the financial side, somewhere between 20 – 30% of all medications, tests, and procedures are not necessary.
While doctors take an oath to do no harm, some of them also adopt another code of conduct – that of overlooking the mistakes of their colleagues.
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