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Hospital Safety

The Nauseating Mistake Hospitals Make and the $10 Fix They Scrimp on

Leah Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

A few days ago, the Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert on "Unintended Retention of Foreign Objects," also known by the acronym "URFO." Thi...

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.

The Patient's Role in Hospital Safety

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

I wish I could say I learned the lesson about the necessity for patients to be assertive from my career as a hospital CEO, but I actually learned it from my wife Elizabeth the day she gave birth to our first daughter.

Cracking Health Costs: Dave Ramsey-Style

Leah Binder | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

It's time we applied such common sense to healthcare spending, and a much-discussed new book does just that: Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company's Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, by Tom Emerick and Al Lewis.

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.

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.

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.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Keep Patients Safe

Peter J. Pronovost | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Peter J. Pronovost

Can you imagine that most doctors learn little about the third leading cause of death in medical school?

Check Out Your Hospital Before You Check In

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living

By Sharon Begley Sept 26 (Reuters) - Even the hospital industry agrees that too little information about hospitals' quality of care an...

The Hidden Threat In America's Operating Rooms

iWatch News | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living

It seemed simple enough at the time. In 2009, John Harrison, a 63-year-old oil industry sales manager in Mission, Texas, had surgery to repair the rot...

Hospital Errors May Occur In A Third Of Admissions

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.07.2011 | Home

People go into hospitals expecting to be taken care of, but a new study shows that "adverse events" -- injuries caused by hospital error -- are 10 tim...

Better Hygiene at Public Bathrooms Than Hospitals?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael L. Millenson

Even the worst guys in the worst bathroom -- just 65 percent of men at Turner Field washed their hands -- represented a stellar record of sterility compared to U.S. hospitals.

Liver Transplant Tragedy Leads To Hospital Review

AOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Colorado hospital said it has suspended liver donations from people who are still alive following the death of a man who donated a chunk of his live...

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...

Lax Infection Control At Surgery Centers

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

CHICAGO — A new federal study finds many same-day surgery centers – where patients get such things as foot operations and pain injections ...