Monday, October 18, 2010
Medical Mistakes: More Common Than You Think
"around 98,000 people die in hospitals every year primarily of mistakes and many, many more suffer preventable harm," says Peter Pronovost, MD, professor in the departments of anesthesiology and critical care, surgery, and health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. One study suggests that if you randomly pull 100 hospital charts, you'll find 40 errors."
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My medical records from one respected institution, there's not a single page that doesn't have an error on it. Things where the doctor wrote down what he wanted to hear, and not what I actually said. The date I stopped working full-time is listed as the date that I was diagnosed, not the date 12 years later when I finally lost my job because I couldn't function for 8 hours. A fictitious history of lifelong depression was created to cover up my statement that all my symptoms stemmed from a severe virus in 1987, so that he could falsely state that I'm "self-diagnosed" with CFS, as opposed to the truth, that I was diagnosed by a virologist in 1988. Etc., etc.