What a dreadful week! Rick Parfit (68), George Michael (53) , Carrie Fisher (60) (and her Mum). How many of those deaths were avoidable?
[Disclaimer - what follows is a public health view: how systems of care should work. Absolutely NOT a commentary on the care of individuals, not least because I don't have the slightest idea of what care any of the above did or didn't receive.]
So back to the question. On one view, none of the deaths were avoidable. On a different view, potentially all three.
Parfit was said to have succumbed to an infection which originated in his shoulder, leading one to think of the severe sepsis care bundle. Surviving sepsis seems to depend on huge attention to detail - it would take a very strong hospital to ensure all of these recommendations were implemented. George Michael could perhaps (details are scarce) be regarded as a failure of anticipatory care, mental health and other. Fisher was unlucky to suffer her heart attack on a long haul flight; presumably big planes carry defibrillators nowadays but if 'time is muscle' that's not a good place to fall ill.