How To Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

“As doctors, we swear to do no harm,” says Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “But on the job we soon absorb another unspoken rule: to overlook the mistakes of our colleagues.”

According to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as a result of medical errors. What’s more, Makary has seen firsthand the punitive treatment given to doctors who would dare speak out.

Makary gives a sobering account – from his personal experience of working in one of the nation’s most prestigious medical institutions – of the reality of medical errors that affect patients every day.

Read the rest of the article here, and learn about Makary’s five suggestions for improving hospitals’ measures of transparency and safety.

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