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Anonymous Essay Recounts Shocking Treatment Of Anesthetized Patients

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Going under general anesthesia is always a leap of faith. When you're knocked out for an operation, you have no choice but to trust your doctors comp...

Why Choosing The Right Surgeon Can Be A Matter Of Life And Death

ProPublica | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living

IN FEBRUARY 2012, LaVerne Stiles went to Citrus Memorial Hospital near her home in central Florida for what should have been a routine surgery....

Silence Kills: Can Technology Drive Meaningful Cultural Change In Health Care?

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

What if technology was not necessarily limited by culture, but, if applied correctly, could actually be used to drive a desired cultural change?

The Quandary of Coordinated Care

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Rosalyn Carter said it best: "There are only four kinds of people in the world -- those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, ...

Why Are These Doctors So Mad? What It Means for You

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

The public has the biggest stake in the outcome of whether physicians should be expected to have independent assessment of their knowledge and performance in practice. We have been left out of the debate.

The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room

Brian Boyle | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

The world is full of unknowns. We were a normal family living a happy life, and then one day, a near fatal car accident changed everything.

Small Things Big Wins in Health Care

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When it comes to the recovery of a patient, no matter how small an improvement is, there is still a level of improvement that is taking place. Something as subtle as the blink of an eye can be a monumental milestone because in that split second you are witnessing a speck of light in a world that had the possibility of remaining in complete darkness.

Peer-to-Peer Reviews Help Doctors Give Safer Care

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

We need to tap into health care professionals' intrinsic desire to heal and improve our flawed systems. Peer learning communities can be a powerful vehicle to tap into that desire.

Bending the Curve on Patient Safety?

David Blumenthal | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Would it make sense to drop or slow federal programs fighting hospital-acquired conditions just when the nation is, at long last, making progress? Not unless we can substitute even better ways for the government to protect the public's health care safety.

Improving Patient and Family Engagement in the Hospital Room

Brian Boyle | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

Back in 2004, my care providers explained to me that they were able to save my life because they had the latest state-of-the-art technology at that point in time. If it were ten years earlier, they told me that things could have been a lot different.

All We Have to Lose Is Our Lives

Erin Brockovich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Erin Brockovich

We live in a world where as many as 440,000 Americans die each year because of preventable medical mistakes. With Prop 46, California voters can do what the politicians and the status-quo crowd won't: Nudge our healthcare system toward safer practices, deter doctor substance abuse and hold negligent physicians accountable.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Eliminate Preventable Deaths

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

With an engineering education, Kiani brings a slightly different, and refreshing, perspective to the complex challenges facing the health care industry.

Taking Charge of Your Health in an Era of Health Care Uncertainty

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Unfortunately, for most patients, patient-centered care is an anomaly. Hospitals are trying to change the culture to one of patient-centered care rapidly. Even so, hospitals often miss the mark.

Hospitals Are Getting Safer For Patients

AP | Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says hospitals are becoming safer for patients due to a quality improvement partnership between industry and federa...

Drop in Health Care-Acquired Infections Points the Way to Progress

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is a lot more work to do. Some states are doing much better than others in tackling health care-acquired infections. Lagging states need to learn from leading ones. Progress is not uniform across the different types of infections.

Progress In Health Care Is Still "Excruciatingly Slow" Says Harvard Expert

Leah Binder | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

"You can be a hospital with a mortality rate that's twice as high as your neighbor's down the street, and the financial consequences of that are pretty trivial."

When It Comes to Liability and Patient Safety, What's Good for Hospitals Can Be Good for Patients

Michelle Mello | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Mello

Medical error prevention is a work in progress. We should be impatient with the pace of progress, as Doroshaw is, because it means that patients are daily suffering avoidable harm. But we should also seek to understand the reasons why the pace isn't faster.

Patient Safety Takes a Back Seat, Once Again

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

If 20 jetliners began crashing weekly, said a safety expert recently, "There would be a national ground stop. Fleets would be grounded. Airports would...

Dennis Quaid Calls on Californians to Support Pack Patient Safety Act

Jamie Court | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Jamie Court

Now Dennis has taken a stand for California families victimized by medical negligence. He is asking California voters to sign the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a California ballot measure to toughen the state's patient safety laws.

Rise of Machines in Surgery Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Outcomes

Timothy G. Wilson, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Timothy G. Wilson, M.D.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a game-changing technology in medicine, yet it is deeply misunderstood and often dismissed as just another expensive tool driving up the costs of surgery. This could not be farther from the truth.

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.

Rethinking How We Think About Preventing Patient Harm

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D | Posted 12.08.2013 | Business
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

Recently the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute, along with our partners at the World Health Organization, had the privilege of hosting more than 200 c...

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.

Health Care 101: Dealing With a Medical Error

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

While caring for Ms. A overnight, I made the incorrect decision to administer a cardiac medication to treat her disease that is known to increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Committing and dealing with a medical error is one of the more humbling experiences in the field of medicine.

Berwick Report Emphasizes Learning, Empathy; Not Punishment

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Helen Riess, M.D.

What happened at Mid Staffordshire Hospital was almost the perfect storm. Combine an absence of leadership and an over-focus on cost-cutting, and to that add discouraged staff, and you have all the ingredients for disaster.