What ranks as the third leading cause of death in our country? It might come as a surprise, it is medical interventions – devices such as hip implants and defibrillators account for an increasing role in this statistic.
Rating systems can have unintended consequences as administrators look for ways to improve their numbers. The stories from one hospital illustrate what can go wrong.
Aging increases the risks of and from falling as our bones become more brittle and do not heal as effectively. A CDC report with annual numbers from 2014 illustrates the scale: 29 million Americans fell, which resulting in seven million injuries and more than 27,000 deaths.