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  1. #1 Britain's socialized medical system: 40 patients given surgery on WRONG limb 
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    Among other fun disasters.

    Major hospital blunders including 40 patients given surgery on wrong limb, revealed by official statistics
    Almost 150 patients suffered from major errors which are so simple and serious that they are categorised as "never events"
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nh...tatistics.html

    Almost 150 NHS patients have been harmed by incidents that should never happen, according to new figures - including the wrong patient receiving heart surgery, patients given overdoses and a woman who had her fallopian tube removed instead of her appendix.

    Official statistics for a six month period show that the major blunders include 37 cases of patients who underwent surgery on the wrong part of the body.

    In one case, the wrong patient was given a heart procedure.

    One woman had the wrong fallopian tube removed during an ectopic pregnancy, probably rendering her infertile, and another had a fallopian tube removed instead of her appendix.

    The wrong patient was given an invasive colonoscopy to check their bowel, while in four cases operations were carried out on the wrong teeth, and in other cases injections were given to the wrong eye.

    In 69 cases, surgical instruments, needles swabs, specimen retrieval bags were left inside the body.

    The figures disclose for the first time the number of incidents in each NHS hospital, and the types of blunders - some of which have either killed or seriously harmed patients.

    In one incident, a drill guide block was left inside the patient’s body.

    In another case, the patient died as a result of failure to monitor their oxygen levels, while one woman died from heavy bleeding following a planned Caesarean section.

    Another had the wrong type of gas given, resulting in the patient’s death or severe harm, and one patient underwent surgery intended for someone else “due to incorrect results filed in notes”.

    In total 21 patients were given the wrong implant or prosthesis. Seven patients were given the wrong dose of chemotherapy, resulting in harm, and five died or suffered severe harm after feeding tubes were inserted incorrectly by NHS staff.

    In more than five cases, patients were given overdoses of drugs, with a weekly dose given in a single day.

    Until now, only national totals were published.

    The 148 incidents in six months suggests figures are “broadly comparable” to previous years, NHS England said, with 325 events in the previous 12 months. ....
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    Our doctors occasionally do the same things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    Our doctors occasionally do the same things.

    Yep. But NHS should be better, not worse than the US if government run healthcare actually demonstrated concern for the citizenry.
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    More on this from the BBC. These are much higher percentages than in the US.

    NHS error rate a silent scandal, says Jeremy Hunt
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    The NHS must tackle the "silent scandal" of errors which meant 3,000 patients died needlessly last year, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

    In a speech in London, he suggested the UK had become "so numbed to the inevitability of patient harm that we accept the unacceptable".

    He also said the NHS had 326 "never events" - so unacceptable that they should never happen - in 12 months.

    Labour has accused the government of "dithering" over patient safety.

    Mr Hunt made his speech at University College London Hospitals against the backdrop of an alleged cover-up by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission over its investigation into baby deaths at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria.

    He called for a change in NHS culture to reduce errors and injuries, saying that nearly 500,000 people were also harmed unnecessarily last year....

    He said: "We have allowed ourselves to settle for levels of patient harm that are simply unacceptable.

    "The facts are clear - last year there were nearly half-a-million incidents that led to patients being harmed, and 3,000 people lost their lives while in the care of the NHS.
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    One of the largest hepatitis outbreaks in the United States was due to bad decision making by a doctor. I think doctors in many nations have issues, including ours.


    Prosecutors alleged that Desai and Lakeman recklessly and negligently put patients at risk with the reuse of syringes and vials of the general anesthetic propofol during procedures at a clinic where speed was emphasized over patient safety.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/01...is-c-outbreak/
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    Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher 2014 between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says.

    That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...n-us-hospitals

    It seems like there is a lot of that going around.
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