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Jon Stewart interviewed Atul Gawande on this book “Being Mortal”. Gawande reports that a group of cancer patients choosing palliative care at end of life lived 25% longer than those choosing more severe medical care. The study was of stage 4 lung cancer patients. The discussion of end-of-life tradeoffs started with the statement that 17% of people die at home and most die in other institutions. There was some mention of his previous book, “Checklist Manifesto” which sounds like a book we need to pick up. The importance of planning medical checklists can be and will be followed is important.
In the United States alone, hospital borne illnesses reach to more than 1.7 million and 99,000 of them die every year. In Europe, nosocomial infections result to 2/3 of their 25,000 annual deaths. Severe nosocomial illnesses vary from bloodstream infections, UTI and pneumonia. And since many of their causative bacteria are antibiotic resistant like the gram-negative types, they can be hard to manage. However, it is interesting to note that 1/3 of hospital borne diseases can be prevented.