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Patient Safety

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...

Medication Mix-ups? Missing Lab Results? Send Us Your Health IT Tips, Stories

Emma Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Emma Schwartz

Amid concerns about patient safety, a consensus is emerging: The government needs a way to monitor the safety of health information technology it is e...

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...

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, Remember Injured Patients

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual national education and awareness-building campaign that this year carries greater implications f...

Where Are the Firing Offenses in Medicine?

Patrick Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Malone

In the medical industry, for a doctor to lose their license only a flagrant pattern of drug or alcohol abuse or other criminal behavior will put the practitioner out of business. This needs to change.

Memo to Congress: Listen to the Patients on National Patient Safety Day

Patrick Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Malone

These advocates have turned their own tragic losses into a crusade to make our hospitals and clinics cleaner and safer, demanding they become more open in dealing with tragic mistakes.