Home

Drug-Induced Iatrogenic Disorders – The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US and Britain

Leave a comment

Duty to Warn

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

pic

Definition of an “iatrogenic” disorder: A disorder inadvertently induced by a health caregiver because of a surgical, medical, drug or vaccine treatment or by a diagnostic procedure.

In last week’s column I wrote that iatrogenic disorders (a doctor-, drug-, vaccine-, surgery- or other medical treatment-caused disorder) were the third leading cause of death in the US. That revelation may have ruffled the feathers of some readers, particularly if they were employed in the medical professions, so I am enlarging on that statement in this week’s column.

In 2000, a commentary article was written by Dr Barbara Stanfield, MD, MPH. It was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, July 26, 2000—Vol 284, No. 4).

The article was titled “Is US Health Really the Best in the World? It has been posted at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/192908?redirect=true.

In the article, Stanfield included the following statistics from her research about iatrogenic deaths. (Note: these numbers do not include out-patient iatrogenic deaths):

  • 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery in hospitals
    • 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
    • 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
    • 80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals
    • 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications in hospitals

Combining these five groups gives us a total of 225,000 in-patient deaths. The 225,000 number does not include out-patient deaths or disabilities. In any case, this number easily constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer (see the official list for 2015 below).

The CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Report for 2000, said that cancer caused 710,701 US deaths in 2000 and heart disease caused 553,080. For comparison purposes, the CDC’s report said that heart disease caused 606,401 deaths in 2017 and cancer caused 594,707.

Below are the US death statistics for 2015 (apparently the last year that the CDC has published the complete list). More

Advertisements

Whistleblower’s! Medical Kidnap & the Euthanizing of Anastasia Adams

1 Comment

Join us live November 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM CST!

More

TS Radio: Yolanda Bell: Medical kidnap..Anastasia’s condition worsens

1 Comment

Join us September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm CST!

sign petition here

5:00 pm PST … 6:00 pm MST … 7:00 pm CST … 8:00 pm EST

Listen live HERE!

More

The Surgical Blackbox: The “Julie Ayer Rubenzer Law”

2 Comments

by, Wade Ayer

This Topic Needs To Be Discussed in the United States!

Should it be the patient consumer’s right {by law} to have their surgery recorded by audio & video = the “Surgical Black Box”
(it would be the patients choice)

a.k.a. the “The Julie Ayer Rubenzer Law” More

STOP FLORIDA FREE KILL STATUTE

4 Comments

CAUSES

Stop Florida Free Kill Statute

More

Congress is About to Take Away Your Rights!

6 Comments

 http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Call or Write your Senators and Representatives
and tell them to VOTE NO on  H.R. 1215!

The U.S. Congress is fighting hard to take away your rights and the power of individual states to protect those rights.

The influence of BIG BUSINESS over your elected representatives is being used protect careless and greedy companies and their insurers from the responsibility to pay for their own misconduct. They are working to transfer to taxpayers the expense of caring for the victims of corporate misconduct. And if the responsibility to pay for the harm they do disappears then a primary motive for manufacturers and drug companies to make safe products disappears with it.

Let’s Get Specific

H.R. 1215:
If your loved one ends up in a nursing home, and develops fatal bedsores because the nursing home chose to understaff to maximize profits, it won’t matter. This bill leaves victims of nursing home abuse with no practical remedy.

Is it okay with you if your hospitalized child suffers brain injury and dies because there were not enough health care professionals to provide proper supervision? Under this bill, Congress says your child does not have enough value to matter.

Congress is considering a devastating anti-justice wish list in H.R. 1215. The bill would federalize (so long states’ rights!) health care malpractice lawsuits, severely limiting victim’s access to justice.

Oppose H.R. 1215: Congress Should Protect Patients. Period. As many as 440,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors every year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer.

XYZ drug company produces a drug that is hazardous to people taking it. Doctors are told that the drug “has problems”, but some doctors continue to prescribe it because they enjoy benefits from the drug company. You will not be permitted to sue those physicians under this law.

How Will It Cost Tax Payers?

Injured people must get care somewhere. If they cannot receive compensation from the party at fault, they will have to go elsewhere.

*Private health insurance costs can be expected to go up.
*Medicare will get hit for more payments.
*Medicaid will see increased claims.
*Social Security will see increases in disability claims.
*Healthcare costs will rise to cover the uninsured who seek treatment.
*Unemployment claims should be expected to rise as injured workers, uncompensated by the real wrongdoers, will make claims that would otherwise have been unnecessary.
*If you are somehow able to receive a jury verdict or settlement in any of the cases under this bill, the responsible party can require that any amounts over $50,000 be paid out over time; will it be one year, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years?? And what happens to your compensation if the wrongdoer goes out of business before the debt owed to you is paid?

So Why Would Congress Do This?

Because members of Congress owe big corporations and insurance companies for getting them elected. What other reason would cause Congress to pass laws they know will hurt Americans and add to an already heavy tax burden?

HR 1215: Congress Voting to Gut Elder Abuse Protections – Call Today!

1 Comment

Click here for a fact sheet on H.R. 1215 

Congress is considering a devastating anti-justice wish list in H.R. 1215. The bill would federalize (so long states’ rights!) health care malpractice lawsuits, severely limiting victim’s access to justice. Aside from imposing price caps on justice, the bill would eliminate state protections, including California’s elder abuse statutes. H.R. 1215 represents a craven effort to immunize health care providers from accountability for malpractice and terrible care.

Click here to find your Congressperson and their contact information

Call your Congressperson today and tell them to vote no on H.R. 1215.
Your call can make a difference!

Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: