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USA 2021
produced by
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directed by Angela Asatrian
starring Angela Asatrian, Marty Makary, John T. James, Eric Andrist, Frederick Southwick, Lisa McGiffert, Aubrey Milunsky
music by Joseph Gordon

documentary

review by
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The term never event refers to all kinds of mistakes that ought to never happen in medical practise, from faulty diagnosis to administering the wrong (dosage of) medication or anesthesia to whatnot - but unfortunately these things do happen, sometimes with tragic to lethal consequences, so much so that medical errors are considered the third leading cause of death in the USA. And this film shines a light on preventable medical harm from pretty much all perspectives, from the patient's as well as the doctor's (and staff's) side, but also from the legal and the insurance side of things - and also presents possible ways to move forward ...

 

Now I have to admit, Never Events is not the most uplifting documentary, and to be fair, was never designed to be, as it doesn't shy away from the ugly side of things and from tragedy - and it definitely isn't a film that makes you look forward to your next stay at the hospital. But what makes this documentary work as a documentary is that isn't just a lop-sided portrayal of doom and gloom, especially in the end it does also try to deliver positive messages and freely admits that medical malpractice is despite everything still a rarity and measures are continually undertaken to improve things. But it's that levelled approach that makes this documentary such an eye-opener, on something that one admittedly doesn't really want to think about, and the film sure carries a wealth of information to come across as more than just propaganda.

 

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