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Patient Safety

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.

12 Ways To Stay Safe In Hospitals

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

By and large, doctors and nurses are well-meaning, and most of the time, the system is working well and you will get good care. However, mistakes do happen. Follow the tips above to make sure that you are safe and well during every hospital stay.

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.

5 Steps To Building A Great Partnership With Your Doctor

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

You may be dissatisfied and frustrated by the way your medical care is today, but there is a way to make it better. You hold the key to transforming your health, beginning with establishing a solid partnership with your doctor.

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.

Approved Pathway for Biosimilars Must Be Patient-Focused

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Clayton

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has worked hard to become an international leader in the production of biotech drugs. But as the nation introduces these medicines, we need to ensure that safety protocols are in place -- so that every patient has the opportunity to get healthy.

Rick Santorum's (and the GOP's) Damage Cap Problem

Patrick Malone | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Patrick Malone

All the Republican presidential candidates -- this year and stretching back for many campaigns -- propose damage caps and other rollbacks to the public's right to sue when injured by medical mistakes.

The Medications Seniors Can't Live With -- Or Without

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

For many older Americans, their relationship with the most important drugs in their medicine cabinets can be described as "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em."

Why 3 Hospitals Didn't Hurt My Wife (And What That Means)

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael L. Millenson

Our experience showed that "doing the right thing" -- appropriate care -- and "doing the right thing right" --- safe and effective care - can become the norm at rural, suburban and big urban teaching hospitals alike.

Patient Safety Paramount for Cutting Edge Medicines

Gary Puckrein | Posted 02.05.2012 | Black Voices
Gary Puckrein

It is crucial that the health care communities in both the public and private sector transform their data collection and testing approaches to account for the overall changing face of the American population.

Bill Falls Short on Protecting Patients

Gibson Vance | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Gibson Vance

Congress must put more important priorities, like patient safety, first. H.R. 5 certainly is no answer to addressing the real problems in America's health care system.

Doctors Don't Need Tort "Reform" -- They Need a Shrink

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Patients need competent physicians; doctors need medication, psychotherapy, or both; and, politicians need to focus on reducing medical malpractice. This is the only acceptable way to reduce deaths, injuries, claims and lawsuits.

Hospitals Can Be Risky Places, New Report Details How

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety Tuesday, in the wake of a government report that said one in s...

The 'Bounce Back Effect': How Hospital Readmissions Are Jeopardizing Medicare

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Patient readmissions or bounce back is a serious financial and quality issue. A 2009 study found that approximately one-fifth of medical beneficiaries were readmitted within 30 days

Skipped Heart Tests at Harlem Hospital Flag a Stressed Medical System

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The skipped heart tests mark the failing of our overburdened, financially-strapped health care system. I'm doubtful that this sort of failure is limited to one department at one Harlem hospital.

The Challenge of Hospital Safety: A Success Story

Seth Freeman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Seth Freeman

A hospital task force with the lofty designation: Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Committee takes up issues that seem almost intractable.

Many Docs Don't Blow Whistle On Colleagues

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Your doctor could be drunk, addicted to drugs or outright incompetent, but other physicians may not blow the whistle. A new survey fi...

Medication Mix-ups? Missing Lab Results? Send Us Your Health IT Tips, Stories

Emma Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Emma Schwartz

Amid concerns about patient safety, a consensus is emerging: The government needs a way to monitor the safety of health information technology it is e...

Hospital Errors: Be Wary of the "July Effect"

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Findings from a new University of California San Diego study lend credence to what is called the "July effect" -- a long-held suspicion that July is t...

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, Remember Injured Patients

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual national education and awareness-building campaign that this year carries greater implications f...