New England Journal of Medicine: Hospitals Neglecting Lifesaving Treatments

In a report published early last month, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that many hospitals across the country neglected to provide their patients with life saving treatments, even when the treatments were basic. For instance, even though just about everyone in medicine agrees that a patient that arrives in the emergency room with a heart attack should be administered aspirin, many patients don’t get that aspirin or nine other crucial therapies for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. This is in spite of the fact that the aspirin therapy has been proven to cut death rates by nearly 25%.