Tag Archives: medical-errors

CDC Releases More Faulty Research About Opioids

CDC Releases More Faulty Research About Opioids — Pain News Network – September 19, 2017 By Pat Anson,

A new study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that opioid overdoses have shaved two and a half months off the average life span of Americans – a somewhat misleading claim because the study does not distinguish between legally obtained prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicit fentanyl.

We can thank the ingenious folks of PROP, who were the first to raise the alarm with data that added together prescribed pain medication (opioid tablets) with illicit street drugs (injected heroin).

This combination of legal and illegal drugs created the fantastic and scary numbers of the “opioid crisis”.  Continue reading

Generic Drug Name Stems – Drug Information Portal

Generic Name Stems – Drug Information Portal – U.S. National Library of Medicine

This is a very informative table listing several dozen generic name stems. It’s very useful to look up what a drug does just by analyzing how it’s named.

Drug names used in the NLM Drug Information Portal are structured by committees to reflect the type of condition that the drug is used for.

This is true of most official generic names such as those we label as [USAN] for United States Adopted Name. The table below shows the various name stems used in this effort.

Generic Name Stems

The table has columns for the Generic Name Stem, a Stem Definition, and an Example.

Each stem has hyphens at one or both ends of its text to show that it is found at the beginning, end, or in the middle of a generic name.

Medical Mistakes due to Poor Communication

Medical Mistakes Happen Because of Poor Communication – The Painful Truth – May 7, 2016 by

Mistakes in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are rampant. Medical errors may now be third leading cause of death in United States, according to a Washington Post article.

That means about a quarter of a million Americans are dying annually — not from the diseases that are bringing them to the healthcare system, but from bad doctors, miscommunication between doctors, medical errors, or other problems.

We Need To Ask Patients For Communication and Feedback  

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Medical Errors Third Highest Cause of Death in US

Medical Errors Third Highest Cause of Death in US – May 05, 2016

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease and cancer, according to a study in BMJ.

medical errors accounted for more than 251,000 deaths in the US in 2013 (that’s a quarter of a million!), compared with 611,000 deaths from heart disease and 585,000 deaths from cancer.

…and only 20,000 deaths from overdoses, where all the hysteria is focused and vast amounts of money are being spent these days.   Continue reading

Letter to CDC: Need ICD Code for Medical Errors

Letter to CDC: Need ICD code for Medical Errors

This is a letter sent by Johns Hopkins University hospital to the CDC pointing out the need for a separate code to identify the frightening number of medical errors so they can be properly counted.

RE: Methodology used for collecting national health statistics

We are writing this letter to respectfully ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change the way it collects our country’s national vital health statistics each year.   Continue reading

Estimate of Patient Harms in Hospital Care

A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care |  Journal of Patient Safety: September 2013 | Review Article

This is a scathing review of the “adverse events” suffered by patients in hospitals. These are the  440,000 deaths each year from medical errors in the U.S.

The amount of new knowledge generated each year by clinical research that applies directly to patient care can easily overwhelm the individual physician trying to optimize the care of his patients.

Guidelines for physicians to optimize patient care are quickly out of date and can be biased by those who write the guidelines.

This rightful warning about guidelines was written in 2013,  2 1/2  years before the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines were created by a biased group of addiction specialists.   Continue reading

Medical mistakes kill more than 400,000 each year

Where’s the charity walk for patient safety?  By Roberta Carson – @ZaggoCare – April 22, 2016

Millions of Americans walk each year for breast cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and polycystic kidney disease. So why isn’t there a walk for medical errors, the third leading cause of death in the United States?

By the latest estimate, medical mistakes kill more than 400,000 Americans each year. Few people realize how common they are — they tend not to make an impression unless you, or a loved one, are on the receiving end of one.   Continue reading

Deaths by medical mistakes hit record highs

Deaths by medical mistakes hit records | Healthcare IT News | July 2014

1,000 lives per day are lost to medical errors
40 lives per day are lost to overdoses

Why is this not a “crisis”?

It’s a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year.

Hearing members, who spoke before the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, not only underscored the devastating loss of human life – more than 1,000 people each day – but also called attention to the fact that these medical errors cost the nation a colossal $1 trillion each year.   Continue reading

Communication gaffes: cause of malpractice claims

Communication gaffes: a root cause of malpractice claims | Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2003 Apr | Free full text PMC article

In this age of phenomenal technological innovations and highly successful treatments and cures, why is it that our customers, the patients, are dissatisfied with their health care to such a degree that they feel compelled to file a lawsuit?

The 4 predominant reasons prompting patients to file a lawsuit included:

1) a desire to prevent a similar (bad) incident from happening again;

2) a need for an explanation as to how and why an injury happened;

3) a desire for financial compensation to make up for actual losses, pain, and suffering or to provide future care for the injured patient; and

4) a desire to hold doctors accountable for their actions.   Continue reading

Hospital medical errors third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Hospital medical errors now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. – FierceHealthcare | September 20, 2013 | By Ilene MacDonald

The latest numbers are dramatically higher than those in the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System, which estimated that up to 98,000 people a year die because of hospital mistakes. The data for that report is based on medical record reviews from 1984 and doesn’t take into account studies published since 2008.

The new study reveals that each year preventable adverse events (PAEs) lead to the death of 210,000-400,000 patients who seek care at a hospital.

Those figures would make medical errors the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.   Continue reading