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Medical Errors

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Brian Goldman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Brian Goldman, MD

Since January of this year, more than half a million people have seen my talk. A small number of people have (rightly) taken me to task for not doing better. But most have been incredibly supportive of my call for health professionals to talk openly about their mistakes.

Medical Errors Harm Huge Number of Patients

Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living

By Steve Sternberg, for U.S. News Early in July, Mary Brennan-Taylor stepped to the head of a class of medical students at the University at Buffal...

A Different Kind of Medical Battle

Judy Shapiro | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Judy Shapiro

In the heated political battles that get all the attention, it's wise to remember that it is in the quiet battles that the most exquisite pain is experienced.

How to Challenge Your Medical Bills

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.19.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: My wife and I live on a pretty tight budget so I like to keep track of our costs as closely as possible. But the medical bills I've received from my knee surgery are vague and confusing, and we think we're being overcharged. What can you tell us?

How The 'Telephone Game' Approach To Medical Care Harms Patients

Marc E. Agronin | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Marc E. Agronin

Helen's shortness of breath forced a trip to the emergency room. Over a seven-day course of treatment Helen was handed from one doctor to the next, accumulating a patchwork team of six doctors who worked sequentially rather than together.

When Hospitals Become Factories

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

In recent years, medical educators have warned that hospitals are growing more impersonal and have urged young doctors to treat patients as people -- not diseases.

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.

What We Know and Don't Know

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 12.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

Patients must be alert to the risks associated with actions based on conclusions that may have been arrived at as a result of incomplete or inaccurate information.

Why I'm My Father's Advocate

Julie Halpert | Posted 12.05.2011 | Women
Julie Halpert

If you're a sick patient and you don't have an advocate for your care -- a squeaky wheel who will interrogate nurses and seek out doctors to get the story -- you're at a huge disadvantage.

Why Doctors Should Disclose Their Mistakes

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Doctors and hospitals are finding that when they make a mistake, sharing the information with the patient isn't just the right thing and the smart thing -- it can be a money-saving thing.

Using New Technology as Early Detection to Fight Costly Silent Killer

Hilary Kramer | Posted 08.07.2011 | Technology
Hilary Kramer

Healthcare-acquired infections, or "HAIs", have not been given a lot of airtime in the continuing debate on healthcare. This is really surprising give...

When Medical Residents Don't Get Enough Sleep

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.04.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

As a frequent flier, I wince at every story of an inattentive air traffic controller. A parallel dilemma related to the working hours of medical residents is playing out at lower altitudes.

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...

Busted: A Fugitive Fraudster Husband

Abigail Pesta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abigail Pesta

What do you do when your husband disappears from your bed one night, leaves you with $6 million in debt, and turns out to be a total fraud? If you're Michelle Kramer, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get a Ph.D. in psychology.

Medical Malpractice: The Rights of the Harmed

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The ability to bring your grievances to a jury of your peers faces a very real challenge, as corporations and politicians seek to take away this critical right.

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.

The Hazards Of Going Into And Coming Out Of The Hospital

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Lachs, M.D.

As we age, we suffer disproportionately from care transitions problems. Why?

What Is the 'Green' Medicine Revolution? (Part III)

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Larry Malerba, D.O.

Green medicine transcends the cookie-cutter model that erroneously believes that most, if not all, persons with the same medical condition should respond to the same treatment.

Physician's Errors: How Our Health Care System Is Failing Us (VIDEO)

Stefan Kertesz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stefan Kertesz

2010-08-20-pullpull.jpg What if we are teaching doctors to do the wrong things for their patients?

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.

Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Deaths

AP | CHRISTINE SIMMONS | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that t...

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...

Who Is Don Berwick and Why Do the Republicans Want to Kill His Nomination?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

One of the major accusations against Obama's nominee to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, is that he "loves" Britain's National Health Service. Ergo, he loves socialism, ergo he is a Marxist.

Gambling On Health

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

You know your body better than anyone else. If your intuition screams that something is not right, you need to be louder than any expert. You are the final expert on your own health.

Language Access and the Prevention of Medical Errors

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

The case of Francisco Torres, a Spanish-speaking patient in Riverside, Cali., who had the wrong kidney removed during surgery, once again gives the me...