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Category Archives: Patient Safety Activism

When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

NPR  by Leana Wen  August 17, 2014  -  The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about her abdominal pain when she posed a question I’d never … Continue reading

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Courage to Bring Change

The other day, I visited Arlington National Cemetery.  There are rows and rows of white tombstones, 400,000 graves in all.  It’s daunting.  From atop the hill at Arlington House, in almost every direction, the endless rows of white can be … Continue reading

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Patient Safety Week 2014 – CTCPS highlights Antibiotics and their Overuse

It is Patient Safety Week, and we would like to highlight a medical concern that we are actively working on:  Infections and the overuse of antibiotics. According to the CDC, “every day, about 1 in every 20 hospitalized patients has … Continue reading

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Reducing medical errors will require better reporting tools, engaged patients and – you guessed it – culture change

MedCityNews.com  September 27, 2013 8:30 am by Deanna  Pogorelc  -  “Culture change.” Those words just keep coming up again and again in talk  about what’s needed to reduce  healthcare costs, to  make better use of health information technology, and in … Continue reading

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How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

by Marshall Allen ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 a.m. It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous … Continue reading

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‘Top’ hospitals aren’t always tops, new report finds

Maggie Fox  NBC News  July 31, 2013    The top hospitals don’t always live up to their reputations when it comes to handling surgery, according to a new report released on Wednesday.  Consumer Reports used newly available federal government data to look at … Continue reading

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Hospitals Owning Up to Their Mistakes

US News and World Reports  By Beth Howard  |  July 12, 2013   -   Malpractice lawyers have long counseled doctors and hospitals not to admit to medical mishaps, much less apologize for them. But the twin imperatives of improving safety and cutting the … Continue reading

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Hospital Billing Varies Wildly, Government Data Shows

The New York Times  |  By BARRY MEIER, JO CRAVEN McGINTY and JULIE CRESWELL  |  May 8, 2013 A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945.  … Continue reading

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Hospital safety: your responsibility or theirs?

AJC.COM  April 28, 2013  By Carrie Teegardin  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  -  Airline passengers don’t review the preflight checklist with the pilot, and restaurant customers aren’t expected to check the kitchen and the staff for cleanliness. But many health care experts say … Continue reading

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Safety still lags in U.S. hospitals – Our updated Ratings show most hospitals need to improve

Looking for good news about hospital safety? More hospitals are required to track and report more data, so the Consumer Reports updated hospital safety Ratings now include 2,031 hospitals—up from 1,159 institutions in their August 2012 report.  The bad news … Continue reading

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