No-Fee Education Alert: The Science of Safety in Healthcare

No-Fee Education Alert: The Science of Safety in Healthcare

The Science of Safety in Healthcare. Presented by Peter J. Pronovost and Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Begins June 3 — five weeks. (Suggest enrolling within first week to stay current with other participating students.) Dr. Peter Pronovost has made patient safety his mission. He already possessed considerable stature, when Josie King‘s baby...

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Situation Critical! My latest blog for First Stop Health.

Situation Critical! My latest blog for First Stop Health.

My March blog at First Stop Health‘s invitation, an affordable medical advice service allowing healthcare consumers 24/7 telephone access to a doctor (including prescription filling), focused on the importance of health literacy. There is a direct relationship between a high health literacy score and good health. The opposite is also true: low health literacy has a...

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Please see my blog at First Stop Health:

I was pleased to be invited to submit a monthly blog for  First Stop Health, which is an affordable medical advice service that allows individuals to ask a doctor any questions they have 24 hours a day, including filling a prescription. January’s topic is “Doctors’ Reactions to Healthcare Advocates.”  

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Long-Term Care: Discussion Among Colleagues

Kathleen Hoffman organized the the Health Communication, Health Literacy and Social Sciences tweetchat #hchlitss in October 2011. R. V. Rikard agreed to co-host the series with her, and since then she has engaged an enthusiastic following and facilitated much significant information exchange. Dr. Hoffman also blogs at Musings on Health Communications and Health Advocacy The...

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The Family Caregiver: Dec. 13, 2012 Twitchat Transcript

The transcript is located at http://hchlitss.blogspot.com. We are planning a second “chat” in early- to mid-January.

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Nursing Burnout and the Three-Day, Ten-Hour Work Shift

Nursing Burnout and the Three-Day, Ten-Hour Work Shift

It’s no secret that hospital nurses are overworked and underpaid. Worse, long shifts lead to emotional and physical burnout that places the safety of patients, as well as the nurse’s own career, at serious risk. One study revealed that nurses who work shifts longer than ten hours are at sharply increased risk for burnout....

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Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

Obesity: Stop Blaming the Victim, Please!

          The obesity issue is rife with misinformation and oversimplification. Being overweight is not just about gluttony. Indeed, many overweight people eat far less than their thinner counterparts. First, note that discriminating against fat people seems to be the last remaining bastion of bigotry that is socially acceptable. Regardless of...

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What Can One Person Do to Improve Health Care Quality?

What Can One Person Do to Improve Health Care Quality?

Because our current health care system places patients in the position of caveat emptor (“Buyer Beware”), we cannot currently rely upon medical providers to maintain, much less implement, even basic patient safety protocols. Just a few examples include (1) your assuming that a doctor complies with hand hygiene, or (2) that hospitals wipe surfaces...

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Ouch! That Hurts!

Ouch! That Hurts!

  A patient is offered Vicodin (an opioid) at an E.R. for a sprained ankle and level 5 pain. Proponents of the war on drugs (which isn’t winnable) contend that this is inappropriate because of lack of efficacy and the risk of addition/tolerance. As one physician stated (without citing any studies): “Narcotics have no...

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Excessive Medical Treatment?

Excessive Medical Treatment?

Upon reading Tara Parker-Pope‘s article, “Too Much Medical Treatment,” I was moved to compare and contrast my experience at San Francisco Kaiser Medical Center for the same issue: a moderately-severe sprained ankle that occurred on a Sunday. I checked in to the Emergency Room and was  immediately placed in an examining room. A nurse-practitioner...

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