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FDA Took 14 Months to Warn Public of Deadly Infections From Heart Surgery Device

Federal regulators knew in 2014 that heater-cooler machines used during open heart surgeries were causing infections in patients, yet they remained silent about it for 14 months before finally issuing a public alert, according to The Daily Beast.

That federal officials who were in a position to save countless patients from horrendous and even deadly consequences, yet didn’t report it until just last month is an example of malfeasance that needs addressing immediately. It’s no secret that medical errors are the third leading cause of death — and have been for years.

Killing an estimated 250,000 Americans each year, mistakes like this latest one just keep happening, and not just in the U.S. It’s happening globally, too. The U.S. has the most expensive health care in the world, spending more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined, yet it ranks dead last in health and mortality when compared with 17 other developed nations.

Overtesting and overtreatment are also part of the problem. Instead of dissuading patients from unnecessary or questionable interventions, the system rewards waste and incentivizes disease over health. Therefore, if you or a loved one is hospitalized, it’s important to be your own advocate. Ask questions about every procedure and every drug you’re given, orally or intravenously. Make sure that anyone involved in your case washes their hands before attending to you.

And, in the unusual case where you are not getting better, it will be wise to seek a health coach or medical professional that can guide you through complicating factors that may be impairing your progress.
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