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Medical/Surgical Error and Prescription Drug Adverse Reactions: The 3rd Leading Cause of Death in the US

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Duty to Warn

By Gary G. Kohls, MD – 12-3-2019 (2590 words)

 

“2.6 million people die annually in low-and middle-income countries from medical errors, and that most of those deaths are related to misdiagnosis and administration of pharmaceutical products…Medication errors alone cost an estimated $42 billion (US dollars) annually. Unsafe surgical care procedures cause complications in up to 25% of patients resulting in 1 million deaths during or immediately after surgery annually…Four out of every ten patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory health care. The most detrimental errors are related to diagnosis, prescription and the use of medicines.” — The World Health Organization

Below are summaries of two medical journal articles and one online article that conclude that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. The first study, published in 2016 in the British Medical Journal, was authored by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The authors calculated that medical errors accounted for > 250,000 deaths every year in the US, which made iatrogenic (= physician, drug or vaccine-caused) deaths the third leading cause of death in the US, surpassed only by #1 heart disease (647,457) and #2 cancer (599,108) (2018 CDC data). 

It is important to note that medical errors and adverse effects from prescription drugs that have caused deaths or illnesses are rarely listed by physicians on death certificates or in rankings of causes of death or illnesses. The journal articles call for better reporting by physicians.

Also be aware that the two studies – as has been the case of ALL such studies of causes of death, acute illnesses, chronic illnesses or adverse drug effects – did NOT evaluate vaccine-induced deaths or injuries, mainly because virtually every physician, in every country (where powerful, for-profit pharmaceutical/vaccine corporations control the practice of medicine, most medical school curricula and most major media outlets), consistently fails – or refuses to acknowledge – even the most obvious vaccine injuries or deaths as worthy of being reportable diseases or worthy of being listed in their differential diagnostic impressions, discharge diagnoses or death certifications.

Here is the British Medical Journal (2016) article: More

America’s Well-hidden Iatrogenic Epidemic of Drug- and Vaccine-induced Disorders

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Duty to Warn

By Gary G. Kohls, MD – August 27, 2019

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Definition: An iatrogenic condition is a state of ill health caused by medical, surgical, drug or vaccine treatments. It may qualify as the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States.

For much more information about this hidden healthcare crisis of iatrogenesis, please read one of the articles that I have written about drug- and vaccine-induced iatrogenic disorders at: https://www.globalresearch.ca/drug-induced-iatrogenic-disorders-the-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us-and-britain/5626283

In that article, I quoted statistics from an article that was written by Barbara Stanfield, MD, MPH, that had been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, July 26, 2000—Vol 284, No. 4).

Stanfield’s article was titled “Is US Health Really the Best in the World? It can be read at the following site:

In the article, Stanfield included the following statistics from her research on America’s 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 iatrogenic deaths that occur at home, iatrogenic nursing home deaths or even non-lethal, chronic illnesses or disabilities. In any case, this number alone easily constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. More

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