A Short Essay: High Dose Vitamin D Supplementation Reduces Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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Leslie Matthews

Abstract

Background: Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to decrease hospital and ICU length of stays, hospital costs, mortality rates, and complications such as myocardial infarctions, infections, and narcotic use. Vitamin D supplementation direct and indirect effects upon medical malpractice lawsuits has been previously unknown.

Hypothesis: We hypothesize that aggressive vitamin D supplementation would reduce medical malpractice lawsuits both directly and indirectly saving hospitals and insurance companies millions of dollars.

Methods: We did a retrospective study reviewing the trauma registry of Morehouse 6, 200 trauma patients from 1995-2016 at a urban Level I trauma center. Vitamin D supplementation was started in 2008. We identified several malpractice lawsuits from 1995- February 2007.  The following total amount was paid out from 1995- February 2007 ($26,000,000.00). There have been zero lawsuits since 2007.

Results: The total paid out from 1995- February 2007 was $26,000,000.00 for trauma lawsuits and zero dollars from after February 2007-2015 for a p-value of P<0.0001

Conclusion: We conclude since vitamin D decreases mortality rates, hospital and ICU length of stays, and complications rates from chronic diseases that the direct and indirect effects of aggressive vitamin D supplementation would be decreased medical malpractice lawsuits. Further studies are needed.

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MATTHEWS, Leslie. A Short Essay: High Dose Vitamin D Supplementation Reduces Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 7, nov. 2016. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/article/view/868>. Date accessed: 21 july 2018.
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