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Patient Safety

Report: Top 17 Straight-A Hospitals in Illinois for 2016

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.03.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to hospital safety, according to the 2016 Hospital Safety Score, and several of the state's best hosp...

10 Ways to Save Your Life or the Life of a Loved One

Jamie Leigh Wells, MD, FAAP | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jamie Leigh Wells, MD, FAAP

As a physician, I take very seriously my oath first to do no harm. This is true of most doctors. However, as the disconnect and gap between policy and practice widens, caregivers are increasingly embattled.

Half a Million Reasons to Treat Every Patient Special

Kc Agu | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Kc Agu

These are the kinds of things I love as a patient. I'm not saying if you fail to meet every one I will take you to court for a $500,000 paycheck.

Who Nurses Really Are: Part 2 of an Education Do-Over

Billy Rosa | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Billy Rosa

We are the men and women committed to ethical and equitable health care delivery in the face of rapidly changing and uncertain times. We are your advocates, health care leaders, coaches, and care coordinators. We are your nurses.

What Nurses Really Contribute to Health Care: Part 1 of an Education Do-Over

Billy Rosa | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Billy Rosa

There is so much to say about this profession that goes unexplored and unpublicized, and yet, nurses continue to be at the forefront of patient care delivery every step of the way.

Five Lessons Healthcare Leaders Are Learning From an Unlikely Source: Nuclear Power

Leah Binder | Posted 03.25.2016 | Business
Leah Binder

Healthcare in the United States is not safe. One in four patients admitted to a hospital will suffer some form of unintended harm, one in six will get...

A Patient's Gratitude: A Video I Hope Every Healthcare Provider Will See

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Brian Boyle

As a healthcare advocate and former ICU patient who has been transferred throughout the many divisions of the healthcare system, I would like to say "Thank you" to healthcare providers and all hospital personnel for choosing this path in life and for all that you do each day for your patients and their families.

Diagnostic Errors: A 'Moral, Professional and Public Health Imperative'

Jay Bhatt | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Jay Bhatt

Most patients will experience one or more diagnostic errors during their lifetime, causing potential harm from delayed or inappropriate treatments and tests. Diagnostic errors also can impact patients psychologically and financially.

Latino Medical Student Association Call to Action: Medicine, not Bullets for our Patients

Yelennia Palacios | Posted 02.15.2016 | Latino Voices
Yelennia Palacios

Co-authored by Franklyn Rocha-Cabrero, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, MSIII, Vice President and National Policy Chair; Lizbeth A...

Dr. David Newman Charged With Ejaculating On Patient's Face, Surrenders

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.19.2016 | Crime

An emergency room doctor accused of ejaculating into a drugged patient's face turned himself in to police Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports. Da...

Remembering a Great Friend of Justice and What the Medical Complex Should Learn From Her

Jamie Court | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
Jamie Court

Kathy Olsen was a relentless advocate for greater patient safety and protections from the medical insurance complex following a family tragedy. Her struggles changed the rights we all possess in America if an HMO or health insurance company tries to deny us treatment or care. We owe her a great debt.

The Little Federal Agency That Could

Leah Binder | Posted 12.16.2015 | Business
Leah Binder

In the children's book The Little Engine That Could, a little blue engine hauls an improbably large trainload of toys and candy over a mountain while ...

Babies Without Real First Names At Risk

Joann Schulte | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Joann Schulte

With apologies to Shakespeare who was sure a rose by any name would still smell as sweet, baby's with their own names are just as sweet and safer. That's why I urge parents to ask about a nursery's procedure for handling Baby Boy and Baby Girl names when picking the delivery hospital.

The Problem With Most Cancer Drugs Recently Approved By The FDA

Diane Archer | Posted 11.04.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

According to a new study in JAMA, there is no evidence that the majority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer drugs over the last five years work.

4 Mistakes Everyone Makes In The First 24 Hours Of A Medical Emergency

Oprah.com | Pam Masin | Posted 10.06.2015 | OWN

Mistake #1: Not asking questions before calling 911 People fall into two categories when crisis strikes, Michelson says: not dialing 911 soon enough, ...

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 compl...

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 05.01.2016 | 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.