Uncritical use of ineffective medical techniques
Other Names: Dubious use of expensive health procedures
Incidence: The routine hospital practice of reviving patient whose hearts stop beating costs more than $150,000 per survivor, because most victims never gain the ability to breathe on the own and die on respirators in intensive care units. In a USA hospital study, doctors and nurses were able to revive 58% of cardiac arrest patients using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but only seven patients, or 5%, got well enough to leave the hospital.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET