Did you know that avoidable medical errors are the THIRD leading cause of death in America? Most of us already knew that the leading cause of death in America is Heart Disease. This is followed closely by the “Big C” (cancer). But most are shocked to learn the third leading cause of death…. Hospital Error. Death by Medicine has become the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
When you enter a hospital, you’re looking for help and expect to be safe, right? What you may not know is that you are literally putting your trust into a system that is broken. Tragically thousands of people die every day from the “care” they receive … rather than from the emergency, disease or medical need which brought them to the hospital in the first place.
This information is strategically pushed “under the rug” and not openly discussed. Of course hospitals don’t want the public to know how statistically risky their hospital or healthcare facility may be.
Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.
“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said. … His calculation of 251,000 deaths equates to nearly 700 deaths a day — about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States.
When there is an airplane crash and passengers are killed, there is a thorough investigation and, if need be, new laws are passed to help prevent the same problem from occurring in the future. The medical system is completely different. Hospitals habitually hide their “accidents” and the patient’s families don’t know where to turn for help.
Whenever possible: Stay out of the hospital. Remember… the people can be friendly and kind. It’s the system that is broken.