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The Anatomy of Poor Patient Outcomes: It starts with us…and ends with us

I have the privilege of presenting a blog that was recently published by a dedicated nurse who may be stripped of her license because she was doing what she was trained to do:provide safe and quality care for her patients. In order to provide the best care, systems must change and adapt and sometimes this […]

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“What They Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them”

In a nationwide survey of roughly 1,800 physicians, 17% had some level of disagreement with the notion that they should “never tell a patient something that is not true.” Not only that, but 11% of those surveyed acknowledged that they had told a patient “something that was not true” in the past year. Huh? What happened to […]

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If patient safety is a priority the culture of the healthcare industry must change

There is an ongoing search for a new CEO at Parkland Hospital who will be charged with regaining the public’s trust and providing a safe environment where patients receive high quality healthcare. Parkland’s problems are not unique; it’s just that they got caught. It is estimated that 100,000 patients loose their lives due to medical […]

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“What they don’t know won’t hurt them”

In a nationwide survey of roughly 1,800 physicians, 17% had some level of disagreement with the notion that they should “never tell a patient something that is not true.” Not only that, but 11% of those surveyed acknowledged that they had told a patient “something that was not true” in the past year. Huh? What […]

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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. We’re talking about 250,000 lives lost, trailing only heart disease and cancer. If you think these errors are confined to hospitalized patients, you’d be wrong. About half of them are the result of mistakes in the outpatient setting (read: doctors’ offices). By […]

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