A study in a prominent medical journal concludes errors by doctors and hospitals kill over 250,000 people a year in the US

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Disturbing information here regarding the goings on within the medical profession. My own contacts within the nursing profession, experiences of friends and family, and recent revelations like those in this article have lead me to believe we need to exercise extreme vigilance concerning our loved ones’ treatment within our medical system. I recall errors in my elderly parents’ medications, errors by Doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. Then also of concern is the Liverpool Care Pathway introduced in the UK and presumably no longer practiced, however I’ve seen evidence of it here in NZ. Nil by mouth to dying patients. No liquids. And often with neither the knowledge nor consent of the family….

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“A study published in the prominent medical journal BMJ concluded that errors by doctors and hospitals kill more than 250,000 people a year in the U.S.  That’s more than strokes, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Washington Post:

Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category 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.

The issue of patient safety has been a hot topic in recent years, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1999, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report calling preventable medical errors an “epidemic” shocked the medical establishment and led to significant debate about what could be done.

The IOM, based on one study, estimated deaths because of medical errors as high as 98,000 a year.  Makary’s research involves a more comprehensive analysis of four large studies, including ones by the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that took place between 2000 to 2008. His calculation of 251,000 deaths equates to nearly 700 deaths a day — about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States.

Makary said he and co-author Michael Daniel, also from Johns Hopkins, conducted the analysis to shed more light on a problem that many hospitals and health care facilities try to avoid talking about.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/05/medical_errors_now_the_3rd_leading_cause_of_death_in_the_us.html#ixzz48g7grRlc
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