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Secrecy protects doctors with long histories of problems

Buried deep in a federal database is Practitioner No. 222117, perhaps the most frequently disciplined doctor in America. This doctor has been accused of violating drug laws, prescribing unauthorized medications, providing substandard care and obtaining licenses through fraud. From 2002 … Continue reading

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‘Don’t Tell’ Culture a Plague on Health Care

‘Don’t Tell’ Culture a Plague on Health Care By Kevin Kavanagh Dec 5, 2011; Modified: 1:21pm on Dec 5, 2011 … But the most devastating effect of the lack of full disclosure is on the overall quality of the institution. … Continue reading

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Spine experts repudiate medtronic studies

“It harms patients to have biased and corrupted research published,” five doctors wrote in a joint editorial that accompanied the reports. “It harms patients to have unaccountable special interests permeate medical research.” Continue reading

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More warnings on CT Scans

And the agency has done little to assess whether the rapid proliferation of scans is in the best interests of patients, and whether the machines themselves properly protect patients or are beneficial for all of their now routine use. Continue reading

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Transparency and Public Reporting Are Essential for a Safe Health Care System – The Commonwealth Fund

What will it take to motivate hospitals to do what we know works to make health care safer? Continue reading

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What if we called hospital infections terrorists?

Jon Stewart makes a great point…says they might even be scarier than terrorists.  See the entire interview with Atul Gawande  http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-3-2010/atul-gawande

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Investigative Journalism-supports what we know to be true

As Scott Jerome-Parks lay dying, he clung to this wish: that his fatal radiation overdose — which left him deaf, struggling to see, unable to swallow, burned, with his teeth falling out, with ulcers in his mouth and throat, nauseated, in severe pain and finally unable to breathe — be studied and talked about publicly so that others might not have to live his nightmare.

Sensing death was near, Mr. Jerome-Parks summoned his family for a final Christmas. His friends sent two buckets of sand from the beach where they had played as children so he could touch it, feel it and remember better days.

Mr. Jerome-Parks died several weeks later in 2007. He was 43.

A New York City hospital treating him for tongue cancer had failed to detect a computer error that directed a linear accelerator to blast his brain stem and neck with errant beams of radiation. Not once, but on three consecutive days. Continue reading

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An unlicensed anesthesiologist -just one of her problems

• An unlicensed anesthesiologist;

• single-use suture sets and other supplies that were resealed after they were opened, and had blood and/or other human fluids on them;

• severe rust in the interior of a machine used to sterilize surgical equipment;

• a garbage container in a recovery room full of food, garbage and other surgical waste including syringes;

• animal droppings on equipment;

• dust, debris and blood on the floor and equipment;

• procedures conducted without nurses present;

• no effective program to control the distribution of drugs or manage infection control; and

• failure to properly maintain medical records and privacy on patients. Continue reading

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Greenwich Hospital CEO- defends the indefensible

Once again Greenwich Times’ Debra Friedman puts together an excellent piece of journalism on the lack of oversight from the Greenwich Hospital Trustees. Continue reading

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PETER GETS ELECTED

Mary Ellen Ladd tells her son Peter’s story of getting elected to the student council as an unusual candidate. Peter has CP. When Peter saw this video, he loved it. Continue reading

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