Health care screwups are one of the leading causes of death in America, killing as many as 750,000 people annually. That’s more than heart attacks or cancer. And yet most people don’t know this, including most physicians. From diagnostic disasters to deadly drug interactions, the bestselling authors of The People’s Pharmacy expose the alarming epidemic of medical mistakes in America—and offer a lifesaving prescription to make the healthcare system safe again.
There is a culture of cover-up in medicine that has been very effective at keeping mistakes secret. A recent study found that the most sophisticated way of detecting harm in the hospital identified 100 times more problems than doctors reported.
(Health Affairs, April, 2011)
How can you protect yourself or your loved ones from health care harm? Top Screwups has dozens of questions to ask and tips to trouble-shoot potential mistakes before they cause irreversible damage. Find out about the Top 10 diagnostic screwups doctors make and the questions to ask to reduce diagnostic disasters. Get tips for preventing dangerous drug interactions and discover the top 10 most problematic pills in the pharmacy. Learn which drugs should almost never be prescribed to older people and which can cause memory loss or confusion.
Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them also has practical information on the top screwups for many common conditions, such as:
Whether you are sick or healthy, young or old, a parent of a young child, or caring for an elderly love one, Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them is an eye-opening book that could save a life.
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