That’s right, a whopping 10% of deaths in America come from preventable hospital mistakes. The statistics might vary slightly from one source to the next, but both mainstream (e.g. NPR and U.S. News) and alternative (Taki’s Magazine) news outlets agree that the numbers are alarmingly high.
What Are “Preventable Hospital Errors”?
The most commonly reported include:
- unrecognized surgical complications
- health care-acquired infections
- mix-ups with the doses or types of medications patients receive
- communication breakdowns
- mistaken diagnoses
- lapses in judgment, skill or coordination of care
- system failures that lead to patient deaths or the failure to rescue dying patients
Yes, to err is human, and mistakes happen. But when thousands of patients are killed by doctors who perform surgery on the wrong body part, and hundreds of thousands die from a preventable hospital-acquired infection, you’d think the medical establishment would put a little more effort towards maintaining clean facilities and training competent workers.
What to do about it
My goal in sharing this information with you isn’t to discourage you from going to the hospital altogether, but rather to help you reconsider how much faith you should have in such an erroneous establishment.
I probably don’t need to tell you that you can best avoid it by simply taking care of yourself. You know, the usual: eat healthy, exercise, drink plenty of water, poop right, fast regularly, don’t do drugs, limit alcohol consumption, don’t be depressed, get plenty of sunlight etc.
Of course, bad things can still happen to healthy people, and a hospital visit might be necessary at some point. So, in the unfortunate circumstance that you have to go there, you’d do well to make it a private one, as they tend to have significantly lower infection rates.
Otherwise, take care of yourself so they don’t have to.