Medication Errors Cause One Death Every Day and 1.3 million Injuries annually in the US

How Common Are Medical Errors? Does Medication Kill People?

A News Release by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 17, 2017, states the fact that, “Medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States of America alone.” Their press release announces an initiative to reduce that number by half within the next five years.

Medication Errors Cause One Death Every Day and 1.3 million Injuries annually in the US-AUstin-Tx-Chiropractor-Natural-Healthcare-Spine-Nervous-SystemAlthough the release notes that many countries do not keep good records on drug errors, the WHO estimates that worldwide the cost of medication errors is $4.2 billion, equal to about one percent of the world’s total expenditures on healthcare. According to the WHO release, “The Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors and the severe harm that results.”

Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General stated, “Apart from the human cost, medication errors place an enormous and unnecessary strain on health budgets. Preventing errors saves money and saves lives.” Dr. Chan continued, “Most harm arises from systems failures in the way care is organized and coordinated, especially when multiple health providers are involved in a patient’s care. Any one of these, or a combination, can affect the prescribing, dispensing, consumption, and monitoring of medications, which can result in severe harm, disability and even death.”

In the WHO release, Liam Donaldson, WHO’s envoy for Patient Safety, stated, “Over the years, I have spoken to many people who have lost loved ones to medication-related errors and their stories, their quiet dignity and their acceptance of situations that should never have arisen have moved me deeply.” He continued, “It is to the memories of all those who have died due to incidents of unsafe care that this Challenge should be dedicated. There is a need for an organizational culture that routinely implements best practices and that avoids blame when mistakes are made.”

Dr. George Curry, president of the International Chiropractor Association commented on this issue by saying, “While every healthcare professional should applaud the effort to reduce medication errors that lead to harm, the discussion should also address ways to reduce the over utilization of medications in the population.” Curry continued, “One sure way to reduce the incidence of medical errors is to look to other forms of care that do not involve medications. Chiropractic has always represented an alternative to the medication approach for many millions of people.”

Dr. Robert Braile, chiropractor and author makes the point, “I guess a half reduction in the number of deaths and injuries would be considered by some as progress. But even if the WHO initiative is successful, that would mean that the WHO has a goal of only one death every other day and 650,000 injuries each year. Why is this level of carnage acceptable from a healthcare delivery systems that touts the mantra, ‘First do no harm?'”

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More Chiropractic Equals Less Opioid Use

Can Chiropractic Care Help My Pain? How Does Chiropractic Work Without Using Medications?

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) on March 28, 2016, showed that when there was more spent on chiropractic services, or more chiropractors in an area, there was overall less opioid usage.

More Chiropractic Equals Less Opioid Use - Austin TX Chiropractor personal injury for car and truck accidentsRecently, there have been a number of studies and articles showing that there is a growing problem with opioid usage and addiction in the United States. According to the CDC, nearly 2 million Americans abused or were dependant on prescription opioids in 2014. Between 1999 and 2014, 165,000 people died from prescription opioids. In response to this problem, the CDC issued their new “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.”

The purpose of the JMPT study was twofold: to see if either the ratio of chiropractors to the general public, or the amount spent on chiropractic services had a correlation with opioid use among younger, disabled Medicare beneficiaries.

This study looked at the number of chiropractors per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries as well as per-capita spending for chiropractic care on Medicare beneficiaries in the year 2011. The results showed that more chiropractors, or more spending on chiropractic services was associated with a decrease in the usage of opioid medication in younger, disabled Medicare beneficiaries.

“When people choose chiropractic, there is a less chance that they will turn to opioid pain medications,” states Dr. George Curry, president of the International Chiropractors Association. “Chiropractic has always offered drug free choice to a population that is being continually bombarded with pharmaceutical advertising.”

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) issued a release on the problem of opioid usage on April 4, 2016, which stated, “With 72 percent of doctors prescribing opioids for back pain and 67 percent prescribing these potentially addictive drugs for chronic joint pain, the F4CP points to the value of evidence-based, drug-free chiropractic care as a safe and effective alternative for pain management often resulting from back, neck, musculoskeletal conditions and headaches.”

The F4CP release continued, “Given the high prevalence of these musculoskeletal conditions — an estimated 126.6 million Americans (one in two adults) validated by a March 2016 report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).” the care provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) becomes even more important.”

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