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patients' job to make sure the health care providers are doing theirs.""The sad
thing is that doctors say, ""TRUST ME. I'M A DOCTOR. YOU MUST OBEY MY ORDERS. I'M
IN AUTHORITY HERE"" And because we are honest ourselves, we take what they say at
face value. How misplaced our trust is when we are mislead, misinformed and harmed
by the very people who said, TRUST ME. I'M A DOCTOR........""Carla E. Muss-Jacobs's
concern is important. While patients do have to practice the real ""defensive
medicine"" in today's health system, strong pressure must be kept on the culture in
medicine that tolerates and even covers up neglectful, incompetent and at times
unethical actions by medical practitioners. It is not a solution to have all
patients become their own doctors."Let's be crystal clear on this... *Unnecessary
surgery is intentional harm*Exactly well said Robin Karr"Cutting you open and
chopping out healthy organs is barbaric, archaic and the ultimate violence against
your body."Anyone want to comment?"For 13 years the IOM has made the
numbers known. We got it. The problem is ubiquitous. Now, how does healthcare
become as safe as airline travel?""Comment on his post, on his site. It's well
read. He seems to think M&Ms are gonna fix the problem, and that it isn't that big
of a problem. It's just patients making mountains out of molehills.""Yeah but he
seems to think that hospital oversight is just peachy -- people just have to pay
attention. it's not the most clearly written article, but he makes it sound like of
the complaints that he had heard on hospital boards, most of them are bogus. And
that patients are not reliable in understanding when an error has occurred. I think
he is arguing that physicians should be accountable to the hospital, not third
parties."I agree Debra... I read this article on Twitter today and I thought he
seemed double-mined - not real clear about what he was saying..."OMIGOSH -- Jerry
Sandusky was ""well respected and well-funded"" too and look at what that guy got
Patient error is two-fold: 1) the prevention, 2) the ""cure"" for those patients
who have been injured/harmed. On the prevention, that's up to the hospitals, audit
boards, etc.
As a patient I know there are risks involved to any medical
procedure. But when it jumps into NEGLIGENCE and MALPRACTICE stop covering up for
Dr. Sandusky. There is so much talk about prevention, and nothing, absolutely
nothing available for patients who have been harmed. Why isn't that issue
addressed? It never is. What about the errors made, the negligence, the
malpractice. Why is the medical community NOT addressing ""WHAT TO DO WITH THE
HARMED PATIENT?"" Why do I have to suffer years of fighting when I was grossly
injured by the orthopedic surgeon. Where are any of those doctors speaking up for
me? Or, for you! There wouldn't be such focus on ""prevention of errors"" if the
reality of those errors aren't made.
""Errors"" ARE made by medical providers.
And those who suffers from the errors -- patients! And yet, crickets chirping when
it comes to addressing the patient in this equation."AMEN Carla!"I agree with both
Robin and Debra that the point he was making wasn't very clear. The general
direction seems to be ""we don't need no oversight, because things are working fine
as they are.""The danger with a complaint system is it can be used for ulterior
motives such as to punish a snitch or whistle-blower. Their solution seems to be to
not have a complaint system. The priority shifts from protecting the physical
patient to controlling their own bully culture.He did not provide much evidence for
not having a complaint system. A meandering writing style can mean the writer
doesn't have facts to back up the core claim and wants to get from point A to point
B without explaining himself.""""Dr. Sandusky"" the new Dr. Hodad...""Carla - The
prevention can't be left to the hospitals and audit boards. If they took prevention
seriously there would be far fewer preventable errors. The patient and friends and
family of the patient have a responsibility to become well informed about the
physician, the diagnosis, the treatment plan, the evidence supporting the treatment
plan and to to have someone with the inpatient 60 minutes per hour to monitor for
best-practices care. Yes, it's inconvenient, but now it's essential.""Doug Hall I
made my opinion known about shifting the burden to the patient in another posted
topic. I'm not going to reiterate and I don't know how to link it here. Bottom
line, I'm sick and my family/friends are not doctors . . . I don't have the energy