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Medication mistakes injure well over 1.5 million Americans every year, a toll too often not acknowledged at all and a crisis that goes on un-fought. Perhaps the report’s most stunning finding was that, on average, a hospitalized patient is subject to at least one medication error per day.
A serious drug error can add more than $5,800 to the hospital bill of a single patient. Assuming that hospitals commit 400,000 preventable drug errors each year, that’s $3.5 billion — not counting lost productivity and other costs — from hospitals alone. “I’m a patient-safety researcher (yet) I was surprised and shocked at just how common and how serious a problem this is,” said Dr. Albert Wu of Johns Hopkins, co-author of the report.
Worse, there’s too little incentive for health providers to invest in technology that could prevent some errors today, added Dr. J. Lyle Bootman, the University of Arizona’s pharmacy dean, who co-chaired the IOM probe.
“We’re paid whether these errors occur or not,” lamented Bootman, who recently experienced the threat firsthand as his son-in-law dodged some drug near-misses while in intensive care in a reputable hospital.
The new probe couldn’t say how many of the injuries ended in death and the number 1.5 million was for Medicare patients and hospitals only. This number didn’t include all hospitals, care at your personal M.D., or at home. If it did, the number could be in the tens of millions! In fact, research is now showing that the health care system; doctors, drugs, surgery, and hospitals is the runaway #1 cause of death in America. Tragically, this problem doesn’t exist in any other country on this level.
Four of every five U.S. adults take at least one medication every day; almost a third takes at least five! The more you use, the greater your risk. Of course the recommendations to correct these problems include new hospital software and tips for consumers. Well, here’s a tip -TRY LOWERING THE USE OF MEDICATIONS AND SURGERIES!
OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: 1. Fails to keep us well -we’re ranked at or near the bottom in every category of health as well as being ranked second last overall in world health. 2. Is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
3. Kills and injures radically more people today then any war or natural disaster YET, PEOPLE ARE COMMITTED TO IT? ASK YOURSELF WHY?
Structure, function, proper care and movement of the body and LESS, not more drugs is the answer to this deadly problem. A healthy spine and nervous system (One with proper curves, angles, and positions) = optimum function, the right levels of nutrients, activity, and as little toxicity as possible (drugs being the most toxic, common substance). Why won’t people commit to this obvious alternative? Another good question to ask yourself.
What are you committed to? Have you done your best to make sure everyone in your family has had their nervous system checked? Are you letting your children stay home and develop the problems you are coming in to correct?