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Nearly Half of Critically Ill Die Due To Poor Hospital Care

If you read my Web site with any regularity, you know I strongly believe the sorry state of conventional medicine -- and not diseases like cancer, stroke and heart attacks -- are the leading cause of death in this country. As such, you may believe other nations (think Canada and Great Britain), with their systems of socialized medicine in place might be an improvement over America. And, you'd be wrong.

Dead wrong, especially if you're been hospitalized in a critical care unit in Great Britain, according to a report issued this week by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). By the numbers:

  • Forty-seven percent of critical care patients who died were judged as not receiving the best care.
  • Ten percent of patients had no medical histories available and hadn't received a complete examination.
  • The deficiencies in the care of 41 patients were so blatant that they may have directly contributed to their demise. (Don't assume American health care workers are any less capable of making deadly mistakes either.)

One of the authors of the study offered a few reasons for this unacceptably high mortality rate that will probably sound very familiar to you...

  • Fewer doctors to choose from trained in various specialties.
  • Doctors distracted from their real purpose -- treating and healing patients -- because they are too busy.

In all fairness, physicians, both here and across the pond, are trapped in a vicious cycle that pushes them to seek out quick cures to medical conditions, most of which that have accumulated over a lifetime. And the mega-billion pharmaceutical industry is all too ready and willing to fulfill that need, often at the expense of your health.

Just another reminder how focused I am on my vision to replace the existing broken health care paradigm throughout the world focused on cures -- that more often harm than help -- with natural and far less toxic and expensive remedies that treat the whole patient.

Telegraph.co.uk May 12, 2005

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