1600 people died in Montreal's hospitals in 2003 due to dirty conditions which created fatal nfections
That's an interesting statistic . Given that there were 7,000 infections involving Clostridium difficile from April of 2003 to April of 2004. More than 600 of those cases were fatal .
You might want to consider this ,
09 Aug 2004
An average of 195,000 people in the USA died due to potentially preventable, in-hospital medical errors in each of the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, according to a new study of 37 million patient records that was released today by HealthGrades, the healthcare quality company.
"POTENTIALLY" preventable in-hospital medical errors is light years away from actual no-doubt-this-was-the-cause type of errors. Remember Health Grades has a marketing dog in that particular hunt.
In Quebec it was a clear case, not of potential errors, but of dirty instruments and practices. Nothing to do with errors. Everything to do with don't give a damn incompetence.
In Quebec there was no doubt, (except the strong feeling that with the extraordinary lengths the Provincial and Federal Governments went, to try to hush up the scandal) that the 600 figure is probably low.
Comparing Quebec and HealthGrades is all apples and oranges.
But if the pitch is for a national health system, I would invite any proponent to go live, not visit, live, in Canada or England for a few months and do their own survey.
It will be enjoyable if you like horror stories.
posted on 11/01/2004 2:12:58 PM PST
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