Download E-books Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America's Third Largest Cause of Death, and What Can Be Done About It PDF

By James B. Lieber

“A succinct, tense file at the incidence of malpractice in glossy medication. ….An primary research that begs for dialogue via watchdogs and shoppers alike.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliant...scholarly. A analyzing of Killer Care makes an instantaneous own funding in our personal more secure patient-centered care logical and priceless. ...Killer Care is strongly advised.”
—T. Michael White, M.D., former vice president and scientific professor of drugs,
collage of Pittsburgh clinical heart; writer, Unsafe to Safe

“In Killer Care, James Lieber uncovers systemic mess ups and absence of safeguards in sufferer safeguard. His warning sign not just informs, yet offers particular and actionable options for sufferers and their households. His research additionally issues to process fixes that would make being a sufferer more secure for all of us.”
—Barbara Mittleman, M.D.; former director, software on Private-Public Partnerships,
workplace of technology coverage, nationwide institutes of overall healthiness (2006-2012)

Each 12 months within the united states, 1 / 4 of 1000000 deaths are because of scientific errors. If the quantity shocks, on a few point you already knew it used to be so. we all know someone—perhaps it used to be yourself—who has suffered depressing therapy in American hospitals, a part of the main complicated, such a lot wide and dear wellbeing and fitness care approach on the planet. however it is likely to be the main inefficient.

Misdiagnoses, unsuitable prescriptions, working at the unsuitable sufferer, even working at the mistaken limb (and amputating it): those are the results of rampant carelessness, overwork, lack of understanding, and hospitals attempting to get the main out in their caregivers and the main funds out in their patients.

What are we to do? Killer Care lays out the very actual probability every one people faces at any time when we input a sanatorium. yet greater than that, it spells out what we will do to mitigate that probability. The ebook can also be the tale of the striking heroes struggling with this plague of clinical errors—patients and their households, but in addition medical professionals and nurses. beginning approximately 20 years in the past, a few sufferers or even a few perpetrators of those error begun a social stream that gives us important protections after we are such a lot susceptible: they've got all started a cultural shift that's reworking each aspect of healthiness care.

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