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Medical Errors

Two Major Breakthroughs in New Surgeon Rating Study

Leah Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

For employers and policymakers frustrated by America's embarrassingly poor performance in nearly every known indicator of health care quality, this study offers two breakthrough glimmers of hope.

Count the Dead From Medical Harm

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Secrecy is unraveling the fabric of the health care system. The dishonor of the deceased is taking its toll. There is only one way out. Count the dead and the injured. Honor them as we would all wish to be honored.

Stunning News On Preventable Deaths In Hospitals

Leah Binder | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.

What Happens When Doctors Go Too Slow

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Yet unlike medical errors, clinical inertia goes mostly unreported and under the radar. That's why it's up to you to be mindful whether your provider is providing treatment and recommendations in your best interest.

Why You Are Being Charged for Mistakes Hospitals Make

Leah Binder | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

We can only hope for bipartisan common sense to prevail when hospitals ask to suppress information from the public that they themselves use to improve their performance.

An Educated Consumer Is the Best Customer... Even in a Hospital Setting

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Organ donation is an important part of our giving back to those who are awaiting a functioning organ when our bodies no longer have need of those organs. It is also a very individual and private decision that one should consider while one is still healthy.

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

"So we can make all the laws we want and change the color of syringes, but until we address the shame, we'll never get past this problem. We won't know about the enormous number of hidden medical errors until someone dies from them."

Florida's New Medical Malpractice Law Makes Suing Doctors and Hospitals More Difficult for Injured Patients

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.06.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

These changes are yet another example of how seemingly minuscule tweaking of a statute can create a tectonic shifting of power by stripping away the legal rights of the weakest members of our community and handing them over to the rich and powerful.

Jeffrey Young

Bad Incentives: Hospitals Get Paid More Than Double When Surgery Causes Complications

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business

Patients who suffer complications after surgery are lucrative for hospitals, which get paid more when they treat infections and other problems, accord...

10 Things That Can Kill You in the Hospital

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Hospitals have recognized these medical errors as a significant problem, and they are taking steps -- such as hand hygiene compliance and surgical checklists -- to make care safer. But if you or your loved one needs medical care now, be on the lookout for these errors.

Safe Health Care for All During Patient Safety Awareness Week

Kim Siarkowski Amer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kim Siarkowski Amer

Mistakes in health care are much more complex. Most errors result from multifaceted problems such as poor communication, inadequate staffing of nurses, or records and charting that is not up to date with technology. The answer is for each person as a consumer to take responsibility for his or her own health.

Surgeons Left SIXTEEN Medical Odds And Ends In Man's Body

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living

A hospital in Germany is being sued for medical malpractice after surgeons allegedly left more than a dozen medical odds and ends inside a cancer pati...

Why Diagnosis Is the Key to Your Health -- And the Health of the Nation

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

When you go to the doctor, you want to find out what's wrong and how you can get better. In modern-day America, though, what you will get are tests to "rule out" problems rather than figure out what you actually have.

It Was Months Before Doctors Realized Her Brain Was Leaking

Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living

When Aundrea Aragon went to the doctor about an oddly runny nose, doctors told her it was only allergies. The 35-year-old mother from Tucson, Ariz., h...

Medical Mistake: Sending the Homeless Home

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

It sounds like such a simple hospital order. A person seems stable so the doctor signs a form to discharge them to home. But what happens when the patient is homeless?

Who's Really Serious About Fixing Health Care?

Dr. Marty Makary | Posted 12.03.2012 | TED Weekends
Dr. Marty Makary

People seeking health care often feel that they are forced to walk in blind. Yes, you can choose where to go for your health care but in reality, you often have had no useful information to make your decision. Until now.

Healing the Healer

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

We sometimes forget that those great minds in medicine live in a body -- a human body. Those bodies need restorative sleep, nourishing food, stable blood sugar, exercise, and time for connection, reflection, and community.

Changing the Culture of Medicine

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Leo Galland, M.D.

Brian Goldman makes an impassioned personal case for changing the culture of medicine by admitting errors of judgment. I think that the most important step in making that change is recognizing the relationship between physician and patient for what it really is: a partnership.

'Doctors Make Mistakes': A Commentary on Medical Errors

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am heartened by the dawn of what is called "patient-centered care." This is far more than a slogan; it is a deep and abiding commitment by caregivers to put the patient first, foremost, in a medical care system too often organized for the convenience of caregivers and administrators.

Error, Expertise, and the Elephant in the Room

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
David Katz, M.D.

There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Brian Goldman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Brian Goldman, MD

Since January of this year, more than half a million people have seen my talk. A small number of people have (rightly) taken me to task for not doing better. But most have been incredibly supportive of my call for health professionals to talk openly about their mistakes.

Medical Errors Harm Huge Number of Patients

Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living

By Steve Sternberg, for U.S. News Early in July, Mary Brennan-Taylor stepped to the head of a class of medical students at the University at Buffal...

A Different Kind of Medical Battle

Judy Shapiro | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Judy Shapiro

In the heated political battles that get all the attention, it's wise to remember that it is in the quiet battles that the most exquisite pain is experienced.

How to Challenge Your Medical Bills

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.19.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: My wife and I live on a pretty tight budget so I like to keep track of our costs as closely as possible. But the medical bills I've received from my knee surgery are vague and confusing, and we think we're being overcharged. What can you tell us?

How The 'Telephone Game' Approach To Medical Care Harms Patients

Marc E. Agronin | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Marc E. Agronin

Helen's shortness of breath forced a trip to the emergency room. Over a seven-day course of treatment Helen was handed from one doctor to the next, accumulating a patchwork team of six doctors who worked sequentially rather than together.