Patients are not plane crash victims and hospitals are not plummeting jetliners
When advocates want to emphasize the human impact of a deadly disease or a treatment that might cure it, they sometimes draw an analogy to jumbo jets falling out of the sky. It happened recently in this NPR story about a potential new treatment for sepsis, which the story says kills about 300,000 people each year (estimates vary widely depending on the data sources used).
“So that’s the equivalent of three jumbo jets crashing every single day,” said Paul Marik, MD, an ICU physician quoted in the story.
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