Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to End the Shocking Number of Preventable Patient Deaths

According to Joe Kiani, the number of preventable deaths had been estimated at 100,000 a year.  But two years ago, a Medicare study showed that 180,000 Medicare patients alone die each year from medical error. 
For years, I've been saying doctors are the fourth leading cause of death in the US, but according to Kiani, the new statistics have moved it up to third leading cause of death.
It's so common that there's a word for it: iatrogenic.  I also have a word for it: despicable.
Something on the order of 80% of medical malpractice lawsuits are based on preventable error.  If doctors want the number of lawsuits to go down, they should stop complaining about lawyers and start complaining about themselves -- do your job mindfully, pay attention to what you're doing, and you won't get sued.
I handed my doctors the correct diagnosis on a silver platter.  The PCP overruled two specialists to change it to the wrong diagnosis, and his colleagues were more concerned with protecting his reputation than they were with helping me regain my health.  This wasn't a mistake, it was intentional. 

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