10 Things Your Hospital Won’t Tell You

I have included some articles like this before.  Money magazine always does a good job of coming up with these, but they are a little scary sometimes.

We all know that errors are possible, but error rates and calling them “common” is worrisome.  For example, they say “patients sometimes wind up sicker than when they arrived”.  And, they also say to “avoid hospitals late at night and in July”.

“At least 1.5M patients are harmed each year from being given the wrong drugs”  [one person per US hospital per day]  Institute of Medicine of the National Acadamey of Sciences

One reason these mistakes persist: Only 10% of hospitals are fully computerized and have a central database to track allergies and diagnoses, says Robert Wachter, the chief of medical service at UC San Francisco Medical Center.

Although I agree, I find it troubling that one of the article’s recommendations is that “patients should always have a friend, relative or patient advocate from the hospital staff at their side to take notes and make sure the right medications are being dispensed”. 

Of course, we can’t always choose our hospitals.  Where does our doctor practice.  Which one is near our house.  It would be great to have a flashing sign above the hospital that says “our error rate is only X”.  Obviously, this is what people are focused on and hopefully they are applying concepts like Six Sigma and other statistical tools to identify the reason for errors and develop a process for eliminating them. 

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