"Such events cost taxpayers billions of dollars, usually in longer hospital stays."
'Explosive' study: medical errors kill 24,000 a year
Human & financial costs: Rate of 'adverse events' is double that in U.S. hospitals
As many as 24,000 patients die in Canadian hospitals each year, while tens of thousands more are crippled, injured or poisoned in association with medical errors that could have been prevented.
A new landmark study of 20 hospitals in five provinces found one in 13 patients suffers an adverse event, more than double the rate found in studies of U.S. hospitals.
"I think this is pretty explosive data," said Alan Forster, a health services researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
"When you start looking at these numbers, you really see the problem in a graphic way."
The study, to be published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found 185,000 patients a year suffer adverse events.
Such events cost taxpayers billions of dollars, usually in longer hospital stays.
They included drug overdoses, botched diagnoses, patients whose spines were sliced by errant scalpels and one woman whose ovaries were removed without her consent.
A hospital is not a safe place in Canada, and ditto the "it's for your health" anti smoking drivel.
Chief Medical Quacks and liars like Robert Cushman are to blame for this, as they spend all their time working with special interest groups...