Thursday, February 21, 2008

Medical Errors

One of my Attendings, a senior and respected nephrologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, went through the following calculation the other day with me. I'm paraphrasing:

"How many patient encounters have I had during my career as a physician? Well, let's say I see 25 patients in a day--that's a reasonable number and probably an underestimate. Let's also say I work 300 days a year--which is also a reasonable assumption. Already that's 7,500 patient encounters a year. Over the course of a 25-year career, that calculates out to an astounding 187,500 patient encounters.

"Now let's also say that I'm a competent physician, and I have a low error rate--let's say I only make an error in 0.1% which would be pretty exceptional--over the course of 25 years, that's still nearly 200 patients in which I screwed up."

5 Comments:

Blogger oakleyses said...

louboutin shoes, longchamp handbags, coach outlet store online, kate spade outlet, ray ban sunglasses, coach purses, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses cheap, louboutin outlet, coach factory outlet, air max, kate spade handbags, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, prada outlet, gucci outlet, longchamp outlet, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, rolex watches, oakley sunglasses, jordan shoes, louboutin, michael kors outlet online sale, nike free, coach outlet, burberry outlet, prada handbags, air max, polo ralph lauren, michael kors outlet, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike shoes, michael kors outlet, longchamp handbags, tiffany and co, burberry outlet, christian louboutin, chanel handbags

8:35 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

nike free, true religion outlet, air jordan, hollister, converse pas cher, true religion jeans, michael kors pas cher, michael kors, ray ban pas cher, lululemon outlet online, oakley pas cher, michael kors uk, nike air force, sac longchamp pas cher, nike free pas cher, sac guess, hollister, hogan outlet, nike roshe run pas cher, polo lacoste, sac burberry, north face, nike blazer, nike tn, timberland, nike air max, mulberry, air max, polo ralph lauren, louboutin, abercrombie and fitch, air max pas cher, ray ban sunglasses, vanessa bruno, longchamp, north face, air max, ralph lauren, true religion outlet, sac hermes, vans pas cher, new balance pas cher

8:39 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

soccer shoes, longchamp, air max, nike trainers, lululemon outlet, north face outlet, vans shoes, nike roshe run, mcm handbags, oakley, nfl jerseys, bottega veneta, new balance shoes, jimmy choo outlet, instyler, reebok outlet, herve leger, hollister clothing store, north face jackets, nike huaraches, ghd, wedding dresses, iphone 6 cases, mac cosmetics, mont blanc, celine handbags, babyliss pro, birkin bag, soccer jerseys, p90x, abercrombie and fitch, chi flat iron, baseball bats, insanity workout, timberland boots, asics running shoes, nike roshe, beats by dre, hollister, ferragamo shoes, giuseppe zanotti, valentino shoes

8:42 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

marc jacobs, sac lancel, ugg, toms shoes, pandora charms, ugg outlet, wedding dresses, ugg pas cher, ugg boots clearance, coach outlet store online, uggs outlet, vans, louboutin, juicy couture outlet, ugg, air max, thomas sabo, pandora jewelry, cheap uggs, ugg, uggs, hollister, links of london, montre homme, ralph lauren, rolex watches, ray ban, swarovski, abercrombie, converse shoes, karen millen, swarovski crystal, gucci, pandora charms, ugg boots, converse, juicy couture, supra shoes

8:47 PM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

tiffany and co
skechers shoes for men
tiffany & co
cheap air jordan
tiffany and co uk
longchamp handbags
nfl jerseys
nike kobe sneakers
http://www.tiffanyand.co.uk
longchamp uk
gg

6:48 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home