The English poet Alexander Pope said that to err is human, but it can be frightening to think that we are exposed to lose the life when we seek help to improve health due to medical malpractice.
We hear stories that seem to come from horror movies.
Medical malpractice in Pittsburgh and other cities in the country is a topic of debate in court every day.
Leading causes of death in the United States
According to data published in the Annual Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States in 2016, more than 2, 700,000 people die every year due to health problems.
Heart disease occupies the first place in the list of deaths, generating more than 630 thousand deaths per year, coronary diseases being the most common.
Cancer is the second cause, and statistics reveal that one in four deaths is due to this disease. 595,919 people died in 2015.
The CDC statistics put chronic respiratory diseases in third place with 155,000 deaths, but a study by the professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Martin Makary, revealed that more than 251,000 people die each year due to medical errors.
The conclusions of this research show that bad practices in medicine cause more deaths than respiratory diseases, accidents and Alzheimer’s.
The analysis of mortality rate records that cover a period of 8 years, shows the deficiency for the data collection of the CDC.
This information is not included in the CDC data because in the United States there is no system to classify this type of death, therefore, it is not reported in the death certificates completed by doctors, funeral directors and forensic doctors.
The lack of coding in the certificates makes the estimates inaccurate because when a patient dies the cause that is reported is the initial illness.
Among the main factors that cause deaths due to medical errors are unnecessary surgeries, medication errors, infections in the hospital, the negative effects of medications and poor diagnosis.