Does Poverty Affect Quality of Care in Hospitals?

Posted on January 06, 2016 by

Access to quality health care has been a longstanding problem in America, but the issue is more severe for people with less income. Recent research suggests people living in poorer urban areas of the country have a more difficult time receiving care at hospitals. An article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shows us the magnitude… Read more »

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Hospital Nightmares: How Patient Safety is Affected by Tube Mix-Ups

Posted on December 30, 2015 by

Doctors and other health care practitioners depend on medical devices to save the lives of patients, but sometimes the opposite happens. Medical devices that look similar can create hidden safety hazards for patients, such as tubing equipment. IVs, catheters and feeding tubes can look similar to each other, and are sometimes confused when used on… Read more »

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How Hospital Labeling Errors Can Threaten Patient Safety

Posted on December 28, 2015 by

When hospital lab tests and medications are improperly labeled, patient safety can become severely affected. Labeling errors can lead to diagnostic mistakes and adverse drug reactions. For some patients, the consequences of labeling errors cause permanent injuries or death. Medication errors: We recently wrote a blog on how medication errors are present in 50 percent… Read more »

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Florida Hospitals Fined for Medical Errors and Infections

Posted on December 25, 2015 by

After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare started a policy of reviewing hospital safety and docking institutions with safety violations. The Hospital Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP) aims to reduce the high number of hospital-acquired infections and medical errors. This year, Medicare reduced payments to 758 hospitals by 1 percent for safety issues… Read more »

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The Importance of Giving an Accurate Medical History

Posted on December 18, 2015 by

Our medical histories tell doctors a great deal about us, our families, and our medical future. Medical histories let doctors know the types of medications patients can take, which conditions they have or might develop, and how to treat existing health problems. In many ways, accurate histories help prevent medical mistakes. When doctors have incorrect… Read more »

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4 Common Dangers Inside Emergency Rooms

Posted on December 14, 2015 by

We are dependent on emergency rooms (ERs) to provide care during disastrous situations such as car accidents, falls or acute illnesses. However, sometimes ERs can have hidden dangers that cause patient injuries and deaths. By knowing what some of these risks are, patients can better protect themselves and their families. Emergency rooms can be overcrowded,… Read more »

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Hospital Errors and PTSD: How Medical Malpractice Traumatizes Survivors

Posted on December 07, 2015 by

Hospital errors can cause severe psychological problems for survivors, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even many years after leaving the hospital, affected patients may never return to normal. Take for example the psychological effects of waking up in the middle of a surgical procedure. During anesthesia awareness, patients are unable to move, scream or… Read more »

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Hospital Nightmares: Can Surgical Fires Happen to You?

Posted on November 30, 2015 by

Some medical mistakes made during surgery can cause significant and permanent injuries to patients, such as surgical fires. Surgical fires can happen when oxygen masks unexpectedly ignite during surgery. Many patients survive, but their lives will never be the same. Take for example the story of a 20-year-old woman who suffered second and third degree… Read more »

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