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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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Clean Sweep: Hospitals Bring Janitors to the Front Lines of Infection Control

Scientific American By Maryn McKenna   September 11, 2012  When hospitals want to make a name for themselves, they spend on reputations and technology—on the esteemed surgeon or the top-of-the-line gamma knife and the star radiologist to operate it. Such investments … Continue reading

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A Name Blacked Out, a Reputation at Risk

NY Times By BARRY MEIER  Published: November 26, 2012  -  Is covering a product’s name in a public document a sign that a company has something to hide? And how should doctors, patients and investors react if the product at issue … Continue reading

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Costly, Repeat Medical Testing Common for Medicare Patients: Study

November 19, 2012 By Steven Reinberg  HealthDay Reporter  MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — Many Medicare patients undergo some kind of repeat medical testing, a new study finds. But it’s unclear whether giving the same test twice protects recipients’ health … Continue reading

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Man who had arms, legs amputated sues Sutter Health

By Cathy Locke  clocke@sacbee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Published: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012   Robert Downey said he remembers going to bed holding his wife. His next memory was waking up in a hospital and being told that his hands and legs had … Continue reading

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Many hospital patients get too much acetaminophen

Genevra Pittman   Reuters, November 13, 2012  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a new study from two Boston hospitals, one in every 15 patients treated with acetaminophen got more than the maximum daily recommended dose at least once.  Acetaminophen – sold … Continue reading

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The harms of overtreatment

BMJ  |  Jeanne Lenzer   - Overly aggressive treatment is estimated to cause 30 000 deaths among Medicare recipients alone each year. Overall, unnecessary interventions are estimated to account for 10-30% of spending on healthcare in the US, or $250bn-800bn (£154bn-490bn; €190bn-610bn) … Continue reading

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The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

Ben Goldacre | The Guardian, Friday 21 September 2012  The doctors prescribing the drugs don’t know they don’t do what they’re meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they’re not telling.  Drugs are tested by … Continue reading

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Patient safety advocate’s work recognized in US News & World Report

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 in Hospital Acquired Infections | After the tragic and preventable death of her mother in August 2009, Mary Brennan-Taylor of Lockport, NY contacted Consumers Union wanting to know what she could … Continue reading

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Diagnostic Errors Found in 1 of 4 ICU Patient Deaths

HealthLeaders Media |  Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2012 As many as 40,500 American adults may die in hospital intensive care units each year because their critical care teams didn’t accurately diagnose their illnesses, according to a Johns … Continue reading

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