The death toll from healthcare screw ups add up to at least 500,000 Americans annually. That is the equivalent of more than 3 jumbo jets crashing every day of the year. Each year, 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug disasters, and medical treatments. Because these individuals are dying at home, in hospitals, or in nursing homes, no one is counting the bodies. There is no outrage; no plan to change a system that allows too many to die unnecessarily.
This course will expose the most common medical mistakes, from doctors’ offices and hospitals to the pharmacy counters and nursing homes. Patients across the country shared their riveting horror stories, and doctors recounted the disastrous, and sometimes deadly, consequences of their colleague’s oversights and errors. While many patients feel vulnerable and dependent on their health care providers, this course is a startling wake up call to how wrong doctors can be.