Medical Errors/Patient Safety

Reauthorized FDA House Legislation Relaxes Reporting of Medical Device Malfunctions

Reauthorized FDA House Legislation Relaxes Reporting of Medical Device Malfunctions

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with unusually strong levels of bipartisan support, H.R. 2430 – the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill reauthorizes the FDA to collect fees from various medical device manufacturers but changes critical drug and device testing rules. The previous bill upon which H.R. 2430...

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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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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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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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Can We Talk?

Can We Talk?

A new report by a division of the AHA agrees with previous research: that effective physician-nurse communication positively impacts patient safety. The research was conducted by HealthGrades, which identified the top performing 5% hospitals in patient safety. Kristin Reed, Vice President of Clinical Quality Programs and author of the study, asserted that it is...

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Educational Podcasts for the Health Care Consumer

Educational Podcasts for the Health Care Consumer

Free podcasts are available to the general public, courtesy of my professional association, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC).   For instance, Richard Heasley, director of San Francisco’s Conard House, presented a teleconference on May 16, 2012  entitled “Effective Teamwork with Psychiatric Patients.” Other topics include eldercare, patient safety, Medicare, and many others. You can...

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A hospital patient has fewer odds of surviving than an airline passenger.

A hospital patient has fewer odds of surviving than an airline passenger.

  Seems counterintuitive, yes? But examine the facts.  High infection rates (1 out of 3 on a “good” day) can be virtually eliminated; medical errors significantly so. Both require commitment from the public, hospital administrators, and the government. So please don’t be afraid to ask clinicians if they’ve washed their hands before touching a patient! This includes...

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Proven to Dramatically Reduce Medical Errors…

Proven to Dramatically Reduce Medical Errors…

Such a simple concept with a life-or-death impact — many physicians increasingly advocate using checklists to manage medical issues. This isn’t a new idea. The aviation industry and commercial building contractors have relied on this method for decades – with great results. Medicine has been a bit slower to adopt the checklist method, but...

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Hazards of Healthcare: Easily Preventable Medical Errors.

“People need to become activists to make hospitals safe for all of us. If each day a 747 airplane crashed, killing all 500 people aboard, we’d be outraged. But more than that many people die of medical errors each day and society ignores it.” ~ Lori Andrews, bioethicist, legal activist and author Making patient...

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Radiation Poisoning

Concern about the effects of radiation has been expressed in media as diverse as peer-reviewed scientific journals to publicly-acclaimed science fiction films. Reports of consequences of poisoning, and when acute poisoning occurs, fluctuate wildly and so it is difficult to assess the true danger. If you are investigating this issue, please do critically evaluate...

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