It has been found to the shock of scientists that medical mismanagement is the third cause of mortality in the USA.
Among the long list of medical bloopers and blunders that cause death among patients are fatal surgeries, misdiagnoses and being prescribed the wrong drugs. So much so that medical mismanagement has become the major reason behind deaths in the United States.
Over 250,000 Americans kick the bucket each year due to medical errors. This is a rate that is the third largest. Only the deaths from tumors and cardiac disease surpass it.
The study, publsihed in BMJ, delved into the data and was extant over a time span of eight years. The issue at hand is that most medical errors are not recorded in a normal matter-of-fact way.
These deaths due to botched efforts by medical staff and doctors is tallied in a different manner from deaths due to cancer and heart attack.
The deaths are recorded via billing codes and so they enter the dark figure of mortality statistics. Four separate research efforts from the year 2000 to 2008 were analyzed. Many cases of hospital deaths were simply due to medical errors.
In fact, medical errors account for almost 10% of deaths taking place in the United States each year. This is very sad and could be prevented were more precautions to be taken.
While cardiac problems are way up there at #1 as the public enemy and biggest killer of Americans, cancer follows as a close second menace. Medical errors clock in at #3.
They are way ahead of respiratory problems as the cause of death in Yankees. There however seems to be a “damned if I do and damned if I don’t” dilemma when it comes to deaths from medical errors. The funds are lacking.
There is simply too little money being allocated by the government to provide safer and more reliable methods of treatment. The allocation of the funds for the medical budget is based on medical records.
These however do not show any deaths due to medical errors. So automatically cardiac issues and cancer threats get more attention and money from those at the top of the societal ladder.
Medical errors are a byproduct of standard healing procedures. They cannot be solely attributed to negligent doctors. While human error is likely to happen once in a while, these occurrences can be reduced with a little effort. The first step is to acknowledge these medical errors. Only then can measures be taken to address the issue at hand.