Why Everyone Should Have an Emergency Data Card
Report compiled by The Cancer Cure Foundation.
A non-profit organization providing information on alternative/integrative therapies, including referrals,
The report shows the following:
- 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery;
- 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals;
- 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals;
- 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals;
- 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse
effects of medications
All total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the #3 killer.
Latrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis
of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (Drug reactions are the most common cause).
Based on the findings of one major
study, medical errors kill some 44,000 people in U.S. hospitals each year. Another study puts the number much higher, at 98,000.
Even using the lower estimate, more people die from medical mistakes each year than from highway accidents, breast cancer,
or AIDS. Deaths from medication errors that take place both in and out of hospitals are aid to be more than 7,000 annually.
Study says that more than two million American hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse
drug reaction (ADR) within the 12 – month period of the study and, of these, over 100,000 died as a result. The
researchers found that over 75 per cent of these ADRs were dose-dependent, which suggests they were due to in the inherent
toxicity of the drugs rather than to allergic reactions.
The researchers concluded that ADRs are now
the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Adverse Drug Reactions
With more than two million serious Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) each year, ADRs account
for more than 108,000 deaths annually. Researchers concluded that ADRs are now the fourth leading cause of death in
the United States after heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Approximately 3 million children and adolescents ages 14 and under get hurt annually playing sports or participating
in recreational activities.
More than 775,000 children and adolescents ages 14 and under are treated
in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. Most of the injuries occurred as a result of falls,
being struck by an object, collisions, and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities.
Where & When
Playground, sports, and bicycle-related injuries occur most often among young children,
between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. Bicycle – and sports – related injuries also affect older children
and adolescents, in addition to overexertion. The highest rates of injury occur in sports that involve contact and collisions.
More severe injuries occur during individual sports and recreational activities. Most organized sports – related injuries
(60 percent) occur during practice. Children and adolescents between 5 and 14 years of age account for almost half (40
percent) of sports – related injuries for all age groups. Approximately 20 percent of children and adolescents
participating in sports activities are injured each year, and one in four injuries is considered serious.
Types of Sports & Recreational Activities
- Basketball: In 1998, nearly 200,000 children and adolescents ages
5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for basketball – related injuries. The majority of the injured
persons (70 percent) were boys.
- Baseball and
Softball: Nearly 117,000 children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for baseball –
related injuries, and nearly 26,000 children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated for softball – related injuries.
Baseball also as the highest fatality rate among sports for children and adolescents ages 5 to 14, with three to four persons
dying from baseball injuries each year.
In 1998, more than 320,000 children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for bicycle –
related injuries. In addition, 225 children and adolescents ages 14 and under died in bicycle – related crashes
- Football: In 1998, more than 159,000
children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for football – related injuries.
- Gymnastics: In 1998, nearly 25,500 children and adolescents ages five
to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for gymnastics – related injuries. Among girls’ sports, gymnastics
has one of the highest injury rates, increasing with the level of competition.
- Ice Hockey: According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, over 18,000 young people
under the age of 18 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for ice hockey – related injuries in 2001 – 2002.
- Ice Skating: Nearly 10,600 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital
emergency rooms for ice skating – related injuries.
- In-line skating / Roller Skating: More than 38,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for
roller – skating – related injuries.
In 1998, more than 27,500 children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for skateboarding
– related injuries.
- Sledding: In 1998,
nearly 8,500 children and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for sledding – related injuries.
- Snow skiing / snowboarding: More than 29,000 children and adolescents
ages five to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for snow skiing – related injuries. Another 9,000 children
and adolescents ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for snowboarding – related injuries.
- Soccer: In 1998, more than 77,500 children and adolescents ages 5
to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for soccer – related injuries.
- Trampolines: Nearly 80,000 children age 5 and under were treated in hospital emergency
rooms for trampoline – related injuries.
- 51,000 bicyclists
were injured in traffic in 2009 (Up sharply from 43,000 in 2007).
- In 2005, 44 percent of nonfatal bicycle injuries occurred in children and youth
age 5 to 20.
- In 2005, the rate per million of bicycle fatalities in children and
youth age 5 to 20 was 4.37 compared to 2.64 overall.
- In 2005, children under 15 accounted for 53 percent of bicycle injuries treated in emergency departments.
- There were 96,000 bikers injured during 2008.
- In 2009, the Coast Guard counted 4,730 accidents that involved 736
deaths, 3,358 injuries and approximately $36 million dollars of damage to property as result of recreational boating accidents.
Death Statistics for Allergies
- Insect Stings: Approx 1 in 30 or 3.30% or 8 million people in USA
- Food Allergies: Approx 1 in 100 or 1.00% or 2.7 million people in
- Drug Allergies: The response may be mild
such as a skin rash or severe such asanaphylaxis. Some drugs are more likely to illicit a drug allergy than others
e.g. sulfa drugs and penicillin.
- Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for children. Children ages
14 and under account
for one-third of all fall-related visits to hospital
- In 2005, nearly 252,000 children ages 14 and under were treated in the US for bicycle-related injuries.
Nearly half (47 percent) of children ages 14 and under hospitalized for bicycle-related injuries are diagnosed with a traumatic
Facts & Statistics
there are now an estimated 24 million people living with some form of dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough in the
fight against dementia, this number could jump to as many as 84 million who have age-related memory loss by the year 2040.
- More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and
it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. About 13% of Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s and
half of those over age 85 will develop Alzheimer’s – or a closely related dementia.
Prepared. The Emergency Data Card Could Save Your Life
The plastic wallet card contains your personal medical data and emergency contact information.
The Emergency Data Card could be an essential part of Everyday Life and Death Situations. In case of an emergency,
the card is easily read by others without being magnified. Any medical data that might help an emergency medical team or doctor
act faster should be on your card, such information consists of Present Ailments and Conditions, Disorders you may have, Medications
your Allergic to, Medications you are taking, and so on. If you are ill or in an accident, it's all there. For your privacy,
your medical diagnosis is QR Code protected.
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