If one person dies due to medical malpractice that is a staggering number. The sad truth is there are thousands who die due to these errors. On average, there are 195,000 people who meet their untimely death at a hospital due to an error that could have been avoided. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003, showed the number being 98,000, but now we know that that number has grown.
One doctor warned that most of these incidents stemmed from hospitals cutting corners when it comes to sanitation issues and postoperative issues. The doctor concluded that there are four areas that can be easily improved and these areas would in turn decrease the death toll by a whopping 20% a year, the four causes are: Failure to rescue, bed sores, postoperative sepsis, and postoperative pulmonary embolism. Bed sores or pressure ulcers are easily treatable if discovered early but some hospitals lack the staff or care to discover these early enough. A postoperative pulmonary embolism is basically a clog that reaches the artery which feeds the lungs causing a fatal effect. Hospitals and medical professionals know that periods of long inactivity, such as the time of repose after a surgery puts you at risk. However, they do not pay close attention to the patient, if discovered early it can be treated.
There is much more to this shocking tale of the world we inhabit and it is…medical misdiagnosis. Several studies showed that 20% percent of patients have received an incorrect medical diagnosis and 35% percent of patients receive incorrect treatment. These mistakes have caused 35% of the sum to have permanent damage or death.
If you look at all these issues collectively and compare them to a large corporation, then you might notice a few strange connections. One must understand what we represent to the medical system, we are more than just patients, we are customers. Your health represents a loss to their paychecks. A large business will increase profits by increasing the market. A large business will increase profits by cutting corners and providing lesser quality and focus on quantity. The errors are not necessarily intentional, but they are the product of a service that has sacrificed quality.
How can you prevent this medical error? The first thing is to learn how to eat in this toxic America. If you learn how to eat, then you can avoid a lot of ailments. Ask questions, study your own medical records and speak accurately about your medical history and symptoms. If the treatment is not working, get skeptical about it. Get familiar with the condition. Does it correlate with the symptoms you are experiencing? Was the condition assessed solely based on a lab test? These errors, sadly have to do with the physician’s attention to detail, and unfortunately no one is immune to making mistakes.