“Even the best computer systems can’t stop hospitals from being killing machines.”
The tabloid-like melodramatic statements continue:
Harmful medication-related mishaps cropped up in a quarter of all patients at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, one of the most high-tech hospitals in the country, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
“If you were on an airplane and a quarter of the time it crashed, that would be a problem,” said study co-author Dr. Jonathan Nebeker, a physician at the VA Medical Center.
Yes, medical mistakes are a problem. However, equating every medical mistake to a plane crash is going somewhat overboard.