patient safety

A May 2016 Johns Hopkins study indicates that 10 percent of all U.S. deaths are due to medical error, making it the third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer.
The Leapfrog Group -- a nonprofit organization that works to promote safety and quality within the health care system -- has
As a physician, I take very seriously my oath first to do no harm. This is true of most doctors. However, as the disconnect and gap between policy and practice widens, caregivers are increasingly embattled.
These are the kinds of things I love as a patient. I'm not saying if you fail to meet every one I will take you to court for a $500,000 paycheck.
We are the men and women committed to ethical and equitable health care delivery in the face of rapidly changing and uncertain times. We are your advocates, health care leaders, coaches, and care coordinators. We are your nurses.
There is so much to say about this profession that goes unexplored and unpublicized, and yet, nurses continue to be at the forefront of patient care delivery every step of the way.
With so many people getting hurt, many healthcare leaders are trying to import effective safety strategies from other industries
As a healthcare advocate and former ICU patient who has been transferred throughout the many divisions of the healthcare system, I would like to say "Thank you" to healthcare providers and all hospital personnel for choosing this path in life and for all that you do each day for your patients and their families.
Most patients will experience one or more diagnostic errors during their lifetime, causing potential harm from delayed or inappropriate treatments and tests. Diagnostic errors also can impact patients psychologically and financially.
"People have framed this like a chaotic situation that couldn't be controlled...but in reality Alan had been complaining
Kathy Olsen was a relentless advocate for greater patient safety and protections from the medical insurance complex following a family tragedy. Her struggles changed the rights we all possess in America if an HMO or health insurance company tries to deny us treatment or care. We owe her a great debt.
Pre-AHRQ conventional wisdom: People in rural communities are basically stuck with substandard care, because there's a shortage
With apologies to Shakespeare who was sure a rose by any name would still smell as sweet, baby's with their own names are just as sweet and safer. That's why I urge parents to ask about a nursery's procedure for handling Baby Boy and Baby Girl names when picking the delivery hospital.
According to a new study in JAMA, there is no evidence that the majority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer drugs over the last five years work.
Leslie Michelson, healthcare expert and author of The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love, explains how to avoid making a bad situation worse.
What really happens after the anesthesiologist tells you to count down from 100?