Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to findings published today in BMJ.
As such, medical errors should be a top priority for research and resources, say authors Martin Makary, MD, MPH, professor of surgery, and research fellow Michael Daniel, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Thanks to our great friend Warner we could deliver these absolutely shocking statistics for the perusal of our readers.
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are =120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171 .
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. = (Yes, that’s 80 million..)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age = groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188. =
Statistics courtesy of FBI
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more = dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, “Guns don’t kill people, doctors do.”
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.