Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America's Third Largest Cause of Death, and What Can Be Done About It

Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America's Third Largest Cause of Death, and What Can Be Done About It

James B. Lieber

“A succinct, hectic document at the occurrence of malpractice in smooth drugs. ….An significant research that begs for dialogue via watchdogs and shoppers alike.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliant...scholarly. A interpreting of Killer Care makes an instantaneous own funding in our personal more secure patient-centered care logical and important. ...Killer Care is strongly advised.”
—T. Michael White, M.D., former vice president and medical professor of drugs,
collage of Pittsburgh clinical middle; writer, Unsafe to Safe

“In Killer Care, James Lieber uncovers systemic disasters and absence of safeguards in sufferer safeguard. His warning call not just informs, yet offers particular and actionable thoughts for sufferers and their households. His research additionally issues to approach fixes that might make being a sufferer more secure for all of us.”
—Barbara Mittleman, M.D.; former director, software on Private-Public Partnerships,
workplace of technological know-how coverage, nationwide institutes of healthiness (2006-2012)

Each yr within the united states, 1 / 4 of one million deaths are as a result of scientific errors. If the quantity shocks, on a few point you already knew it was once so. we all know someone—perhaps it was once yourself—who has suffered depressing remedy in American hospitals, a part of the main intricate, so much broad and dear health and wellbeing care procedure on the earth. however it may be the main inefficient.

Misdiagnoses, unsuitable prescriptions, working at the fallacious sufferer, even working at the mistaken limb (and amputating it): those are the implications of rampant carelessness, overwork, lack of knowledge, and hospitals attempting to get the main out in their caregivers and the main funds out in their patients.

What are we to do? Killer Care lays out the very genuine chance each one folks faces at any time when we input a clinic. yet greater than that, it spells out what we will do to mitigate that threat. The e-book is additionally the tale of the outstanding heroes struggling with this plague of scientific errors—patients and their households, but additionally medical professionals and nurses. beginning approximately two decades in the past, a couple of sufferers or even a few perpetrators of those blunders begun a social circulate that gives us very important protections after we are so much susceptible: they've got all started a cultural shift that's reworking each side of wellbeing and fitness care.

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