A medical doctor published an article in the Newsweek recently that reminds all patients that hospitals are not quite as safe as we suspect. The article is an excerpt from the doctor’s book: Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.
The author notes that he had a wake-up call about the dangers of care when he was in medical school. He watched with dismay as an elderly patient of his died after a procedure that she did not need or want. The author explained that the drive for doctors to perform certain medical actions (in this case, surgery for ovarian cancer) was “like a train no one could stop.” This lead the medical team to understate the risks and overstate the benefits. During the biopsy before the procedure a needle accidentally punctured a blood vessel causing many different problems–including a six week hospital stay. She died not long after–spending most of her final weeks in the hospital undergoing blood transfusions, CAT scans, facing malnutrition, and more.
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