If you haven’t heard about this shocking study by now, you will probably be seeing it broadcast soon. Although I was aware that medical errors were a big concern pertaining to patient safety, I wasn’t aware that it was such a severe problem. We have all heard stories about hospital horror stories where the surgeon removes the wrong body part or operates on the wrong patient or accidentally leaves medical equipment in the person they were operating on. What is even more disturbing is that a new study, by the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ), suggests that most medical errors go unobserved, at least in the official record. For more information see this post. This means that its possible that, even if there was a direct cause of death by medical error, it would either go unreported or the death would be documented incorrectly. It is impossible to quantify the toll taken by medical errors. In significant part, that’s because the coding system used by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to record death certificate data doesn’t capture things like communication breakdowns, diagnostic errors and poor judgment that cost lives, the study says.
For many years now I have been aware of the huge number of indirect fatalities in the U.S. caused by side effects of common prescription and non-prescription drugs for many years. However, I had no idea that direct medical errors were also responsible for such staggering numbers of unnecessary deaths. As Chiropractors, we look to foster your body’s own ability to heal itself, without the risk of unnecessary drugs or risky medical interventions. It’s always especially gratifying to hear patient testimonials when they talk about how their lives have been turned around naturally through chiropractic care. Since 1995, I have heard literally hundreds of patients rave how happy they are to be able to get rid of their medications and live a natural, fulfilled life. We are here to help you in any way we can to restore your body’s God-given potential WITHOUT the use of dangerous drugs (yes, this includes the subtle risky ones like Advil, Tylenol). Give our office a call or schedule here online for your appointment.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Jason Crist