Don't believe what you read on new report of medical error deaths. It's just fake news!
To get their estimate that medical errors cause deaths among hospitalized patients in the United States, the authors essentially averaged error-related death rates from four prior studies and then extrapolated it to the number of hospitalized patients today.
"How to prevent 440,000 yearly deaths due to medical errors?" (The referenced article)
Prevention was the job of the insurance companies prior to Obamacare. It was in their self interest to keep the cost of medical care low focusing on positive patient treatment outcomes and minimizing risk of medical errors. The health care industry and the insurance industry worked together to achieve those goals and was done dynamically as new treatments became available.
Healthcare is now regulated by the government and we all know bureaucrats really don't care as the regulations are foremost not the patient.
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Dr. Lucian Leape on 4 facts of patient safety
TO ERR IS HUMAN: BUILDING A SAFER HEALTH SYSTEM
Health care in the United States is not as safe as it should be--and can be. At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented, according to estimates from two major studies.
Even using the lower estimate, preventable medical errors in hospitals exceed attributable deaths to such feared threats as motor-vehicle wrecks, breast cancer, and AIDS. Medical errors can be defined as the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim.
Among the problems that commonly occur during the course of providing health care are adverse drug events and improper transfusions, surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery, suicides, restraint-related injuries or death, falls, burns, pressure ulcers, and mistaken patient identities. High error rates with serious consequences are most likely to occur in intensive care units, operating rooms, and emergency departments.
10 Years After To Err is Human: Are Hospitals Safer?
Since the landmark report, health providers have been chagrined by the revelation that they were killing "a jumbo jet" full of passengers every day, about 98,000 preventable deaths a year. And many of them reacted to the allegation by launching a broad spectrum of efforts to reduce medical mistakes.
But are we really better today at preventing mistakes and safeguarding our systems from causing harm than we were 10 years ago?
On the negative side, lots of serious mistakes are still happening. Earlier this month for example, Rhode Island Hospital, the state's largest, was fined $150,000 for performing its fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007. The latest incident prompted the state to order the facility to install video cameras in all its operating rooms.
Only Dr. Mengele would deny these facts.
Drop dead, Troll.