Hospital Admissions As a result of Doctor Caused Diseases Still High
From the Archives of Internal Medicine January 11th 1999, comes the headline, "Despite high-tech medicine, diseases from medical treatment still significant reason behind Intensive Care Unit admissions." Doctor caused diseases are referred to "iatrogenic" diseases, and as per the article are really a major cause of ICU admissions. Surprisingly, the matter hasn't changed since 1980. This suggests that even with alleged advances in medical technology the results for the patient were just as risky.
In another study in 1994, French researchers reviewed 623 patients admitted to ICU. Of them 10.9% were determined to be iatrogenic disease admissions. Most of those were drug related. Of these 13 died and the costs for all those were $688,470.00 in the studied cases. This study figured that 51% of these were preventable.
Groups outside medicine have claimed that the numbers tend to be greater than medically reported and that the costs of iatrogenic diseases overall run into the hundreds of billions.