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Medical Errors

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

All We Have to Lose Is Our Lives

Erin Brockovich | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

Getting It Right on Ebola: Start With Humility and the Right Questions

Melissa Bartick | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Bartick

Finger pointing and outrage will get us know nowhere. We need to start by humbly admitting what we do not know, and then asking what is known to work. Then, maybe 21 days after the nation's last domestic case of Ebola, we can start to go back to alarm instead of panic.

The Snake Oil in Spine Surgery: One Spine Surgeon's Perspective

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Many folks responded to a paid advertisement promising "Great results" and "Little to no down time," and take the bait. They bought the snake oil.

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.

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.

Why Getting Old or Sick in America Doesn't Pay (And What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

My mom has been through the ringer with doctors, Medicare, secondary insurance, and medical professionals. It's as if the left hand has no clue as to what the right hand is doing. To me, health care shouldn't be this complicated.

Medicine's Manhattan Project

Patrick Soon-Shiong | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Patrick Soon-Shiong

Physicians and their patients don't have failsafe access to the medical information they need when they need it. And researchers, ready and waiting to solve the medical challenges of today, simply cannot turn the trove of data the government is sitting on into the healthcare advancements of tomorrow.

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

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 | Home
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.