15,000 a month

This is why you should never leave a family member to the crap shoot that is medical care. The more involved the family members are, the more likely that person will get good care:

An estimated 15,000 Medicare patients die each month in part because of care they receive in the hospital, says a government study released today.

The study is the first of its kind aimed at understanding “adverse events” in hospitals — essentially, any medical care that causes harm to a patient, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.

Patients in the study, a nationally representative sample that focused on 780 Medicare patients discharged from hospitals in October 2008, suffered such problems as bed sores, infections and excessive bleeding from blood-thinning drugs, the report found. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality called the results “alarming.”

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  1. My husband is on Medicare and recently spent one night in ICU in a local hospital. The procedure he had done was a smashing success. The surgeons were quite competent. But I think if he’d spent one more night in that hospital they would have killed him. My father in law was recently damn near killed by another local hospital and transferred to Johns Hopkins where they had problems of their own. What the hell is going on with these hospitals? It is very true that in both cases it is a damn good thing they had family closely monitoring them.

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