ToDaZeD Stomped Story

srsly

Gun Homicides deaths per year: just over 11,208 [5.1 per 100,000 population]

We MUST have CONTROL of all Legal Guns!!!

Automobile Accident deaths per year: 33,804 [10.7 per 100,000 population]

We MUST have Self-Driving Cars !!!

Medical Error deaths per year: 250,000

*crickets*

So when ya get bopped on the head in this summer’s coming riots, be sure to pay close attention to your medical care.

The researchers caution that most medical errors aren’t due to inherently bad doctors, and that reporting these errors shouldn’t be addressed by punishment or legal action. Rather, they say, most errors represent systemic problems, including poorly coordinated care, fragmented insurance networks, the absence or underuse of safety nets, and other protocols, in addition to unwarranted variation in physician practice patterns that lack accountability.

What is this unwarranted variation?

Does it include physician judgement? Does it include variations in patients?

Unwarranted variation is endemic in health care,” Makary says. “Developing consensus protocols that streamline the delivery of medicine and reduce variability can improve quality and lower costs in health care. More research on preventing medical errors from occurring is needed to address the problem.”

uh oh. That word consensus never bodes well when applied to sciency stuff.

Aside: *insert experience stories here*

If someone you love — or even vaguely like — ends up in a hospital, make sure someone alert, aware and assertive is there 24 hours a day to monitor their care and stop the mistakes.

Srsly.

4 Comments!

  1. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 9:04 am |

    woohoo!

    [can also access comments thru the post title]

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 10:03 am |

    Biology is inherently icky.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm |

    During my all too plentiful contacts with the medical establishment over the past ~five years, what I’ve seen is precious medical minutes with my caregivers being eaten up by a constantly growing encroachment of clerical minutes, in which the poor docs wade through what is allowed to be treated how and what the @#$%^ insurance codes are for these conditions and treatments.

    Fucking @#$% Uhbamacare requires EVERYTHING to be in a computer, yet because of the Privacy Act, yannow, the one that wastes three sheets of paper for every patient for every visit, the records are purged every month, or quarter, or year and The System wastes another half hour of MY time on this earth to fill out my lengthy medical history in the waiting room for the umpteenth time.
    In self defense, I’ve built my own database in Excel, tracking lab work results, procedures, conditions, surgeries, and radiological work. I now demand a CD for all rad work, because too many of mine from years ago that would make a nice baseline have disappeared as doctors moved or retired, or the facility had a record purge.

    One of these days, HHS employees drones are going to outnumber the patients and doctors in the private sector.
    Government IS the problem. Geddafugouttamylife.

  4. PeggyU
    Posted May 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm |

    So a friend of mine has had many opportunities to interact with the healthcare system during the last couple of years, on account of her husband’s multiple health issues. A little typo in one document caused her name to be mutated from “Ellen” to “Allen”, and so the gastroenterology people were under the impression that her husband’s partner was a guy. Considering where we live, it would not be an unrealistic assumption to make. She said she got it corrected, though they did look at her funny at first, like they were trying to figure out whether she might be a tranny or something. Record sharing is not perfect; the original information may still be floating around somewhere uncorrected.