Thursday, July 5, 2012

Medical Error Statistics - Horrible

Medical Error Statistics
Medical error statistics in the United States are enormous and alarming. The American medical system is the number one killer in the U.S. If you don't know how dangerous it is to take your prescription(s), to have surgery or to visit your doctor, the following information may be unbelievable to you. Did you know that the total number of medical errors and deaths equals SIX jumbo jets crashing every day? Yet, not many people know about this. Most of us know of someone who has been the victim of an "error", or even ourselves have been. The numbers can be overwhelming and astonishing: The error rate of ICU's (Intensive Care Units) would be like the post office losing over 16,000 pieces of mail every hour of every day Or like our banks wrongly cashing 32,000 checks every hour of every day, every year!
In one decade, the deaths caused by conventional medicine are approximately 8 million. This is more than all the casualties from all the wars America has ever fought in. And that's just one decade. According to a new Medicare study: • Less than 15% of medical errors involving hospitalized Medicare patients are both recognized and reported • When preventable medical errors and harmful events are reported, these reports rarely inform significant changes designed to lessen reoccurrence • Well-over 100,000 hospitalized Medicare patients experience at least one medical error in any given month