Fail: 22.6 Million YEARS of Life Lost Due to Medical Harm

Slogan-CollageThe health care industry has done a remarkable job of polishing its own “brand” of being a safe and welcoming place to meet all your health care needs. Slogans tout a “loving,” “committed” “culture of care.”

But is it really safe to trust slogans?  What’s going on behind the walls may be alarming to many people.

Today’s headline, referenced in this blog’s title,  is another in a series of wake-up calls that started in 2001 with the Institute of Medicine’s report “To Err is Human.”

Harvard researchers have found that medical harm occurs in nearly 43 million hospital cases per year around the world, resulting in an estimated 22.6 years of life lost.  Read the full release here.

Nurses have long been concerned and are dedicated to provide something better for patients and families.  Please sign a petition for Safe Patient Standards in hospitals.

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Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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