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Potentially Deadly Antibiotics

Updated on December 24, 2014

Iatrogenic C.Difficile Infections

The Cold Hard Facts of Iatrogenic infections

What is an Iatrogenic infection, and how on earth can a physician prescribe your doom by mistake? Well it is easier than most American's think it is, and the number of deaths per year continually grow higher every year. According to one online medical investigation company, they estimated the death rate to be in between 120,000 and 199,000 deaths each year, as a direct result of medical errors such as; Pseudo-membranous Colitis. That death rate number is 5x's higher than the other leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, which are automobile accidents at an estimated 43,649 number of deaths per year. It is also estimated that an additional $77 billion dollars in extra costs will be billed as a direct result of doctor prescribed medical errors in outpatient settings alone. That dollar number does not include major hospitals and inpatient care. That number only reflects clinical and outpatient medical costs.

$77 billion in extra costs, according to

One of the Many Deadly Iatrogenic Diseases

In layman terms Iatrogenic Disease simply means "physician originated disease." A nosocomial infection is a medical term used when describing a sickness or condition that is considered to be "hospital originated." Therefore, an Iatrogenic infection is essentially, an infection caused by a physician, and nosocomial condition caused by medical equipment or care given while staying there as an inpatient. In the eyes and directives of the medical community and the health insurance racket- there is a big difference between the two types of disease. However, what matters here is not the terms they use but the deaths they cause.

One such condition affected my family the eve before December 24th, 2013 when a Pseudo-membranous Colitis infection, caused by an explosive growth of Clostridium difficile bacterium or C-Diff in the large colon. Per the doctor's order and as the direct ingestion of these doctor prescribed antibiotics, (taken by my father in-law earlier that week) his life was taken that day at 4:30pm. The C-Diff bacterial infection of the large colon, occurs when certain prescribed medications (antibiotics) are taken by unsuspecting patients, and these antibiotic inadvertently end up killing too many of the other eugenic bacteria, also living in the large colon. As they say, "Too much of a good thing is bad," these otherwise harmful clostridium difficile bacterium, which lives in the digestive fluids of all humans, eventually caused severe (extremely foul smelling) diarrhea and complex dehydration. After four days of intensive care, IV fluids pushing highly complex antibiotics through his veins, and Lester moaning in unbearable pain from dehydration (even after the morphine was administered), the disease killed my elderly father in-law two days before Christmas. Like other known colitis type diseases, such as Ebola, his family had to wear gloves and protective gear in order to keep us from contracting this horrific infection. An infection - caused by his physician.

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© 2011 Julie Grimes


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  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    I would think if you haven't had any troubles, you should be fine. But it is always good to be alert. Thanks for commenting.

  • Cari Jean profile image

    Cari Jean 

    6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    Very interesting - I need to have antibiotics before any dental work to prevent an infection in my heart as I have a heart condition. Normally I just take high doses of amoxicillon (sp?) but I'll be sure to be wary of taking any other kinds of antibiotics pre-dental work or surgery.

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    I agreed to a point. Thanks Bob. Ooo's

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    Robert E Smith 

    6 years ago from Rochester, New York

    Julie, so many things are done by physicians to avoid lawsuit. They are so vulnerable if something goes wrong. If everything goes right, no problem. (Usually, but then again...) But so many things can go wrong with individuals and so many ways to make the doctor pay that they become overcautious and don't make best decisions for the patient but they can say, "look I took precautions."

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    6 years ago from California

    Anything that causes "offensive smelling diarrhea" is definitely something I want to avoid! Thanks for the warning - now I'm certain I never want to be operated on. Later!

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA


    Hoo, what's Colloidal Silver?

    Sm, thank you so much for your compliment.

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    6 years ago from all over the web

    terrific information. thanks for a great hub. nicely formatted and put together.

  • HOOWANTSTONO profile image


    6 years ago

    I will stick to some Colloidal Silver seems to work on most things.

    Interesting info on your hub though

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Oh my gosh what a scary ordeal! Glad it all worked out okay.

  • Dawn Conklin profile image

    Dawn Conklin 

    6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

    Wow, that is scary! I was given antibiotics during my last child birth and then they put another dosage in IV the next morning before my Tubal Ligation. That is actually what my IV was for, I didn't have any pain relief during the delivery. The Dr was worried because a cardiologist diagnosed me with Mitral Valve Prolapse and so he gave me antibiotic the antibiotic as a precaution. Fortunately all went ok for me.


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