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February 18, 2014

The Proactive Patient’s Guide to Quality Healthcare [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is your most precious commodity? If you’re like most people, it is your health and the health of those you love. Many people enter the medical system—the system that cares for your valuable health—and simply assume that they are always in good hands. In reality, mistakes can and do happen in the medical environment, …

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February 17, 2014

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Claiming around 600,000 victims every year, heart disease is the number one cause of death among Americans. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of this statistic is that many of these deaths can be prevented. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and increase your lifespan. Quit Using Tobacco …

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February 15, 2014

A Look at Cancer Misdiagnosis

Even though drug errors and wrong-site surgery cases seem to receive a lot of attention, misdiagnosis is more common than both of these types of medical errors, according to The Washington Post . In fact, missed, incorrect, or delayed diagnoses affect between 10 and 20 percent of cases. Misdiagnosis can lead to delayed treatment, a …

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February 6, 2014

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014

Many people place the responsibility of patient safety solely on the shoulders of medical professionals. While doctors and nurses have a great responsibility to provide the best care possible, it’s up to everyone in healthcare to ensure the safety of the patient—including the patient! We all want to avoid medical negligence and one of the …

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January 27, 2014

Breaking News: FDA Asks Doctors to Limit Acetaminophen

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking healthcare professionals to stop prescribing combination prescription pain relievers that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit, citing the risk for liver damage. The action targets prescription analgesics that contain both acetaminophen and another ingredient, typically opioids such as …

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January 17, 2014

How Can Doctors Limit Medical Mistakes?

When a patient undergoes surgery, he or she entrusts the entire surgical team with his or her safety and well-being. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes, including operating on the wrong body part or operating on the wrong patient, are not uncommon in hospitals across the country. One of the main reasons why these kinds of errors occur …

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January 17, 2014

What Is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a general term referring to any disorder of the heart. Over one quarter of all deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease, making it the leading killer of Americans. While some kinds of heart disease cannot be prevented, many kinds can be prevented. Common types of heart disease include …

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January 11, 2014

Article by brave physician highlights her own mother’s hospital stay filled with avoidable mistakes due to a culture lacking safety.

This brave article by a young physician highlights her own mother’s hospital stay as being filled with avoidable mistakes and an absence of safety. Learning to Care about Patient Safety Elaine Besancon, MD Most of us can recall a particularly memorable patient who inspired or altered our career path. My patient was a 63-year-old woman …

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January 7, 2014

Why Do Medication Errors Occur?

Medication error refers to any mistake in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, medication errors injure more than one million people in the United States each year. Luckily, patients can lower their risk of experiencing a medication error by taking an active role in their health care. Medication errors can happen …

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January 6, 2014

What Is Birth-Related Medical Malpractice?

Birth-related medical malpractice refers to a situation in which a doctor, nurse, or member of the medical staff failed to use reasonable care when handling a pregnancy or delivery. Birth-related medical malpractice can cause physical injuries to either the mother or the child. Birth injuries Medical malpractice can occur both during delivery and prior to …

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