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Killed by CareReporter: CBC
"Do no harm." It’s the ethos of medicine, the bedrock principle for all its practitioners. But for loved ones of patients who die as a consequence of medicalerror, the credo may sound hollow. Are these tragedies the result ofincompetent doctors or nurses, or is something ailing our system ofmedical care?No one knows exactly how many people die in hospitals because of errorsor omissions or delays. A 1995 report suggested 18,000 Australiansmight be dying every year from "adverse events". In America, it’s claimed up to 100,000 people annually are being killedby their care. "That’s more deaths than breast cancer, more deaths thanAIDS, more deaths than motor vehicle accidents," notes Harvard medicalprofessor Donald Berwick.Patient safety experts like Berwick point to system failure rather thanindividual fault. They claim that the chances of dying accidentally inan acute care hospital are as many as 10,000 times greater than thechances of dying accidentally on a commercial airliner – a result, theysay, of aviation’s tighter checks and balances and systems of reporting.The root of the problem, according to critics, lies in the culture ofmedicine - a culture of secrecy and blame in which the only mistakesthat are investigated are the ones that can’t be hidden. This program from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation draws lessonsfrom sentinel cases, including the deaths of 12 babies undergoing heartsurgery at one hospital in the 1990s. It explores the tragicconsequences of medical error on patients, their families and on healthcare workers, and asks how medicine can be made safer. "Killed By Care" – on Four Corners, 8.30 pm Monday 3 July, ABC TV.