Excerpts "Medical Errors: STILL the Third Leading Cause of Death", by Dr Joseph Mercola,MD, a US Physician.
"...In 2000, Dr. Barbara Starfield,MD, MPH, of John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, writing in the Journal of American Medical Association(JAMA), published a study revealing that doctors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing an estimated 225,000 patients each year. According to a new study, medical errors kill an estimated 250,000 Americans each year, confirming that modern medicine is still the third leading cause of death in the U.S.(after heart disease and cancers)
...History tells us it can take decades before a medical truth becomes accepted as fact, and recent headlines are a perfect example of this.
...Dr. Barbara Starfield was the author of that JAMA study, published in 2000, and her research documented how a staggering 225,000 Americans die from iatrogenic causes, meaning their death is caused by a physician's or hospital's activity, manner, or therapy.
Behold the Gory Statistics!
The breakdown of ANNUAL DEATHS caused by the combination of medical mistakes and the adverse effects of medication is as follows:
* 12,000 from UNNECESSARY surgeries,
* 7,000 from MEDICATION errors in hospitals,
* 20,000 from Other errors in hospitals,
* 80,000 from Infections CONTACTED while IN HOSPITALS ,
* 106,000 from NON - ERROR!, NEGATIVE EFFECTS of Drugs.."
.... This is the third highest cause of death in USA, following in the unholy heels of cardiovascular diseases and cancers. .."
... Back then(year 2000, 16 years ago), few people believed it, but ...Starfield's findings 16 years ago still stand today. In fact, recent research suggests matters have only gotten worse, and the reason for this is because no affirmative action was ever taken to address and correct the situation.
According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), medical errors now kill an estimated 250,000 Americans each year, an increase of about 25,000 people annually from Starfield's estimates.
That means medical errors are STILL the third leading cause of death, right after heart disease and cancer. These numbers may actually be vastly underestimated, as deaths occurring at home or in nursing homes are not included!
As shown by Starfield's research, side effects from drugs, TAKEN AS PRESCRIBED, account for the VAST MAJORITY of iatrogenic deaths. Research published in 2013 estimated that preventable hospital errors kill 210,000 Americans each year — a figure that is very close to the latest statistics.
However, when they included deaths related to diagnostic errors, errors of omission, and failure to follow guidelines, the number skyrocketed to 440,000 preventable hospital deaths each year. This too hints at the true enormity of the problem...."
Excerpted, with emphasis, by Dr(Pharm)