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Five Shocking Reasons Why Hospitals Are Bad For Your Health

Five Shocking Reasons Why Hospitals Are Bad For Your Health

 

We’re taught to believe that the hospital is where you go when an illness or injury is more than you can treat at home. We’re told doctors, nurses and surgeons have our best interests at heart and are trained for years to know how to make life-saving decisions in emergency situations.

The reality is that hospitals aren’t nearly as safe as you think.

The infographic below gives you just a peek into some of the top reasons why the United States ranks last out of 19 developed nations in preventable deaths at hospitals.

The Hazards of Hospitals

Created by: MedicalBillingAndCodingCertification.net

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6:39PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I knew this, thanks for getting it out here!

1:54PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

when you have an ultraclean enviorment you have a breeding ground for resistant diseases.

1:39PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

thanks

12:24PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

You can blame our education system for this: particularly the inappropriate attitude of students who think they are "customers." I became too disgusted to continue teaching college courses after hearing about the "Nordstrom model" of colleges/universities. If students really are customers, that would logically make the instructors sales people. What customers do you know of who get graded by their sales people to determine competence in their proposed career paths? NONE. There is no mystery here as to why the USA is the last remaining superpower but at the bottom of all industrialized nations for education, especially in science which is highly important for good medical staff. Quit scratching your heads over the obvious. Ish.

8:58AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Instead of going to the hospital, we should stay home and suffer!

10:35PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Well this really isn't what I wanted to see since a close family member of mine just underwent heart surgery today. But, the hospital he has been at has made no mistakes so far. It's a pretty decent hospital.

9:21AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Interesting material. When I was hospitalized for back surgery I remember a Nursing Assisgtant caring for my room-mate. Then she headed toward my bed to do something. I had to advise her before she touched me I would suggest she WASH HER HANDS first. Several times during my stay I was to take a simple stoll softener pill. Instead, twice, I was given a dose of a narcotic. I had to point this out to the person dispensing the pills since I had already had the narcotic. Since I am very sensitive to medication, even an Aspirin, I wonder how the second dose of the pain killer would have affected me. I feel sorry for those in hospital who are not alert enough to know what kind of medication they are to take and at what time of day. Good luck to anyone confined in the hospital system.

6:37AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for the greatest and the best of the best of the best country in the world, like, ever!

3:06PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

I'm a nurse. All hospitals have systems in place to prevent med errors. More technology helps. One very large problem is the heavy use of temp nurses and other personnel or "floaters" which are full time personnel in the hospitals who do not know the units they are working on very well. Another big issue is the very quick turnaround time within the hospital and the heavy workloads for nurses and other personnel. it is not only doctors or residents who work long overtime hours; nurses and techs do too. With regard to comparisons of statistics from other countries I am not sure how accurate they are but to the extent that they are I know that in Europe at least countries have a family doctor system where the treating physician knows the patient well. In the HMO, medicaid, and medical residency systems this frequently is not the case.

3:15AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

iF YOU THINK usa IS BAD ...TRY CHINESE HOSPITAL.....YOU SEE DOCTORS AND NURSES SMOKING OUTSIDE WITH THEIR OVERALLS ON...RIDING THEIR BIKE.....HAVING THEIR LUNCHES IN PLACES....WHERE YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE THE KITCHEN.....THEN GO BACK TO THE WARDS!

wHEN I WAS VISITING CHILDREN IN HEART SURGERY WE HAD TO INFORCE OUR WAY OF DOING THIS OR WE WOULD NOT PAY THE BILLS.....

THIS THEN CHANGE QUICKLY....FOR THE CHILDREN THAT WE PAY FOR!!!

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