Posts Tagged ‘ illness ’

Colonization

In the general population, about 33% of people carry S. Aureus and 1% carry MRSA. Contrary to popular belief, only about 5% of healthcare workers carry MRSA.

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Medical errors

Dr. Makary, author of Medical error-the third leading cause of death in the US, should be ashamed of publishing data that is clearly incorrect and attributes unavoidable patient-related morbidities to “medical error”. There is a huge difference in a patient death secondary to an incorrectly administered drug and a patient death secondary to a heart attack after stenting because of poor heart function.

Data from the CDC shows that there are approximately 2.5 million deaths a year, and the article calculates that 250,000 deaths in that same time are related to medical errors. I would like to see the data that proves that 10% of deaths are caused by medical error. I am shocked that this article was approved by the editors of the BMJ, and maybe the medical error was on their part in allowing this paper to see the light of day.

Illegal to die

In some cities around the world, mainly small towns running low on cemetery space, death is outlawed. In Longyearbyen, Norway–the world’s northernmost city–the permafrost preserves bodies to the point that they do not decompose. Full article here.

Pressure sores

“The bed has been called the most dangerous splint yet devised by mankind.”

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Nocebo

The opposite of a placebo effect, known as the nocebo effect, is when a patient experiences an adverse outcome or event to a non-harmful substance or treatment (or nocebo).

Complication

A surgeon never regrets the patients s/he chose not to operate on.

US healthcare dollar

For every dollar spent in the U.S. on healthcare, 31% goes to hospital services, 21% to physicians, 10% to pharmaceuticals, 8% to nursing homes, and 30% to other categories, such as diagnostics laboratories, medical equipment, and medical devices.

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