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Patient Safety

Improving Patient and Family Engagement in the Hospital Room

Brian Boyle | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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.

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.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Eliminate Preventable Deaths

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

With an engineering education, Kiani brings a slightly different, and refreshing, perspective to the complex challenges facing the health care industry.

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.

Hospitals Are Getting Safer For Patients

AP | Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says hospitals are becoming safer for patients due to a quality improvement partnership between industry and federa...

Drop in Health Care-Acquired Infections Points the Way to Progress

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is a lot more work to do. Some states are doing much better than others in tackling health care-acquired infections. Lagging states need to learn from leading ones. Progress is not uniform across the different types of infections.

Progress In Health Care Is Still "Excruciatingly Slow" Says Harvard Expert

Leah Binder | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

"You can be a hospital with a mortality rate that's twice as high as your neighbor's down the street, and the financial consequences of that are pretty trivial."

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.

Patient Safety Takes a Back Seat, Once Again

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

If 20 jetliners began crashing weekly, said a safety expert recently, "There would be a national ground stop. Fleets would be grounded. Airports would...

Dennis Quaid Calls on Californians to Support Pack Patient Safety Act

Jamie Court | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Jamie Court

Now Dennis has taken a stand for California families victimized by medical negligence. He is asking California voters to sign the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a California ballot measure to toughen the state's patient safety laws.

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 | Home
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.