Medical and Surgical Errors and Cautions: 2008
Herper and Lindner (2008) recently noted according to The Institute of Medicine ( a non-profit chartered via the U.S. National Academy of Science) 1.5 million Americans are impacted by hospital errors annually. The authors report between 40,000-100,000 people die annually because of "shoddy handiwork" that includes surgical and pharmaceutical mishaps. In addition, another 100,000 people die from hospital-born-and-bred bacterial infections. Herper and Lindner argue wealth is no protection from medical mishaps. They cited actor Dennis Quaid's newborn twins who were accidentally given 1,000 times the recommended dose of heparin, and comedian Dana Carvey, who had a botched heart operation (wrong artery).
For More Information, References and Recommendations:
Report from Quebec: Unintended Injury or Complications Occur Three Times More Often in Patients with Communication Problems
On Wipes and Bacteria in Clinical Settings
Herper, M., and Lindner, M. (August 28, 2008): Scariest Hospital Risks.