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Saturday, November 26, 2016

"You can't stress enough how crazy it is that the third-leading cause of death is medical errors," said Donna Woods, director of the graduate programs in health care quality and patient safety at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "How will this ever get fixed if we don't train a work force to do it? We need an army of experts who need to know how to address this. The medical field does not have the skills to do it." The first Ph.D. student in health care quality and patient safety graduated this fall with others in the pipeline. "We've learned the health care industry needs to do a better job of creating quality measures to determine if the patient received a prompt and accurate diagnosis," Barnard said. "There's no way to say this hospital or doctor did or did not do a great job."

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Good Article Pinch.

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2016-11-25 08:20 AM | Reply

Good Article Pinch.

#1 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Thanks. Regardless of what happens with Obamacare, we will hear more and more about these quality issues in the not too distant future.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2016-11-25 10:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I expect the future to involve a network of PA's that will work with a central NOC - Network Operation Center - to diagnose conditions.
Chronic issues will move through Tier 2, Tier 3, then specialists. Critical Care will remain a separate team.

But I expect a team of doctors will be supervising technicians at multiple facilities simultaneously. The future of meeting with your doctor will be by Skype.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-11-25 01:32 PM | Reply

If you get to meet with a doctor at all..

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2016-11-25 03:38 PM | Reply

Ah, you can let them die while waiting to be seen by the VA, therefore they do not die from medical errors ;)

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2016-11-25 06:09 PM | Reply

Front page on the mighty DR -- woot, Woot, WOOT !!!

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2016-11-26 12:18 PM | Reply

Great article, PINCH but all of a sudden I don't feel so good. ~ lol

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-11-26 12:34 PM | Reply

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.
www.statnews.com

"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.

#8 | Posted by focusonzenergy at 2016-11-26 01:05 PM | Reply

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.

www.statnews.com

"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.

#8 | POSTED BY FOCUSONZENERGY

@ FocusOnZEnergy

Dr. Lucian Leape on 4 facts of patient safety
www.youtube.com

TO ERR IS HUMAN: BUILDING A SAFER HEALTH SYSTEM
www.nationalacademies.org

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?
www.healthleadersmedia.com

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.

#9 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2016-11-26 01:47 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by focusonzenergy

While they author did not use a method to estimate you like and I can see why, it likely isn't far off. The rest is utter BS. Insurance carriers helped to create the skyrocketing costs. Insurance is FINALLY getting on the prevention band wagon. You used to have a full blown disease to get treatment of any kind under insurance.

On top of that the US government has had a hand in regulating medical care for a VERY long time. The industries did not work together to achieve these goals. This problem has existed for decades. In my view the main thing that is wrong is people are going into medicine that shouldn't be. They are doing it of the money. They are not detail driven people. They are not listeners. Nobody listens to the patient anymore. Doctors simply don't have time. They have to see more patients because the Insurance industry wants to pay them peanuts. Also look where most doctors come from today. They simply don't understand the culture.

We are also a far more unhealthy and stagnant population than in the past. Obesity, diabetes, old age - all lead to more diseases and drugs. Which leads to more deaths. I have to be honest every other time someone is in the hospital now it seems to result in a major medical error issue.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2016-11-26 01:51 PM | Reply

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The first Ph.D. student in health care quality and patient safety graduated this fall with others in the pipeline, trained by staff that kill 440,000 people every year through accident and incompetence.

#11 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-11-26 08:58 PM | Reply

Clearly medical tort reform is what is needed to fix this.

#12 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-28 12:39 PM | Reply

..."the annual 440,000 deaths from medical errors in the United States".

I knew this happened but I had no idea the numbers were this high. This is just plain scary.

"Great article, PINCH but all of a sudden I don't feel so good. ~ lol"

#7 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

Don't go to the Doctor!!

#13 | Posted by shane at 2016-11-28 01:39 PM | Reply

More likely to be killed by a medical care giver than a nut with a gun, interesting.

#14 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-11-28 05:10 PM | Reply

The proper answer, according to the GOP, is Tort Reform. That way you can't even sue the hospitals and doctors for killing you.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-11-28 05:51 PM | Reply

Life insurance is cheaper than health insurance.

There is a way to make healthcare cheaper and improve the lives of many.

Die - your families need the money to get out of poverty - win/win

#16 | Posted by Petrous at 2016-11-28 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When did abortion become labeled as medical error?

(a) For the stage prior to approximately the end of the first trimester, the abortion decision and its effectuation must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman's attending physician. Pp. 163, 164.

(b) For the stage subsequent to approximately the end of the first trimester, the State, in promoting its interest in the health of the mother, may, if it chooses, regulate the abortion procedure in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health. Pp. 163, 164.

(c) For the stage subsequent to viability the State, in promoting its interest in the potentiality of human life, may, if it chooses, regulate, and even proscribe, abortion except where necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother. Pp. 163-164; 164-165.

Medical judgment. Health of the mother. In appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of life or health.

www.johnstonsarchive.net

Out of the reasons given and percentage of abortions done, what percentage falls into a decision based on medicine?

#17 | Posted by Petrous at 2016-11-28 06:11 PM | Reply

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