Press Release calling for support for
a demonstration in front of hospital
The Clarke's knew how to hold a press conference and get reporters to attend. They wanted laws passed and assumed that media coverage was the way to make this happen. I've never seen patient-advocates do the work to understand how laws get passed and how easily they can be passed to pacify a vocal constituency without changing anything the medical constituency doesn't want changed.
In part their case is a picture of how injured patients often get vocal for a while, see nothing result from naive efforts, get discouraged and disappear. Click here for an account of their demonstration written by a someone who attended it.
Their Press Release
Subject: Fwd: ACTION ALERT -- PATIENT SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 09:28:13 EDT
For Immediate Release CONTACT:
Jim and Joan Clarke
PEOPLE AGAINST MEDICAL MALPRACTICE OPPOSES JOHNS HOPKINS ALTERING AND DESTROYING MEDICAL RECORDS TO AVOID ACCOUNTABILITY
Which is safer for you, being in the streets of any city in the country or being in any hospitals in these cities?
Nearly 195,000 people in the US died each year as a result of preventable medical errors in 2000, 2001, 2002 according to a study of 37 million patient records that was released by HealthGrades, the leading healthcare rating organization (www.healthgrades.com).
In the FBI Uniform Crime Report 2002 for all US cities, the total number of homicides was 16,204.
Comparing this information, we find the following statistics:
Preventable Deaths in Hospitals V.S. Homicides Outside of Hospitals
195,000 per year V.S. 16,204 per year
534 per day V.S. 44 per day
23 per hour V.S. 2 per hour
The answer to the question is that you are safer on the street than in a hospital.
Missing from this data are the countless thousands of patients each year who are maimed and catastrophically disabled by preventable medical errors. These victims and their families suffer severe physical, emotional, and economic ruin for the rest of their lives.
It is time for these victims and their families to have a public voice and speak out about the permanent damages they suffer at the hands of these medical criminals.
People Against Medical Malpractice (PAMM) is organizing a patient safety demonstration in front of Johns Hopkins Hospital, located at 600 North Wolfe Street in Baltimore, Maryland, to sound the alarm to the ever-growing danger that exists in our American hospitals. On Wednesday, October 4, 2006 (raindate October 11th) there will be a press conference at 11:30am and demonstration follows immediately.
This particular hospital system has proven itself to be especially dangerous, nearly deadly to our family. They have evaded all responsibility. We are urging hospital victims to join us in making a stand against these atrocities.
Please use this opportunity to make a difference in your life and the lives of others who will become victims of preventable medical errors.
Share this email with everybody in your address book. There is strength in numbers.
To participate in the demonstration, email us by September 27, 2006 of your intention at: Factfinders27@aol.com
Your participation is important.
We will see you in front of Johns Hopkins Hospital on October 4th.
(From 2006 in the USA)
For an account of the demonstration that followed, written by a someone who attended it, click the link.
When I spoke on the phone to the Clarkes, Jim Clarke told me the story of what happened to him in the hospital and said "Laws are going to be passed." He was typical of many newly injured patients on at least two accounts. One is the naive, knee-jerk assumption that passing laws can fix this. Another is the idea that everyone should follow his lead because his experience has shown him what is wrong.
Although his experience might have clued him into how wrong things are, the nature of the fundamenal problems, why those things are problems, and what might be done about them is not learned from one experience with patient harm.
Activism without understanding is what we were witnessing, but that is routine among the newly injured. I said nothing critical. I remained supportive.
Credit must be given to Johns Hopkins for living in peace with a disgruntled patient and watching and learning rather than lawyering up and beating the patient into silence. There really isn't much for them to fear from the patients getting press. Hardly any patients understand the problems well enough to articulate to the press much that matters.