"Lucian Leape, a Harvard University professor who conducted the most comprehensive study of medical errors in the United States, has estimated that 1 million patients nationwide are injured by errors during hospital treatment each year and that 120,000 die as a result.
That number of deaths is the equivalent of what would occur if a jumbo jet crashed every day; it is about three times the 43,000 people killed each year in U.S. automobile accidents.
``It's by far the No. 1 problem'' in health care, said Leape, an adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.
In their study, Leape and his colleagues examined patient records at hospitals throughout New York state. Their 1991 report found that one of every 200 patients admitted to a hospital died as a result of a hospital error.
Researchers such as Leape say that not only are medical errors not reported to the public, but those reported to hospital authorities represent roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of the number of actual medical mistakes at a typical hospital.
``The bottom line is we have a system that is terribly out of control,'' said Robert Brook, a professor of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.
``It's really a joke to worry about the occasional plane that goes down when we have thousands of people who are killed in hospitals every year.'' (Charlotte Observer, sept 12, 1999)
In the Los Angeles area and the rest of California the main run of Evil House of horrors Hospitals are ;- KAISER PERMANENTE- If you are a holistic practicioner you hear nightmare stories on a daily basis about what goes on at these Kaiser Permanente Hospitals.
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