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Tag Archives: patient safety

“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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What we have here is a failure to communicate

  It has been over 10 years since the prestigious Institute of Medicine reported that 90,000 patients loose their lives each year because of a preventable medical error. Mistakes such as prescription errors, wrong-site surgeries, and hospital acquired infections abound in hospitals. Despite this report and numerous attempts by agencies who are charged with keeping patients safe […]

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When it Comes to Your Health, Honesty is the Best Policy

Are you taking your medications? Do you smoke? How much do you drink? Do you have risky sex? Is there heart disease in your family? We’ve all heard these questions before — every time we visit the doctor. If you’re like most of us (about 70 percent, according to some estimates), we don’t answer truthfully. […]

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Unresolved Conflict Is The Root Cause of Many of Our Institutions’ Problems

The culture of fear that led to dozens of fatal plane crashes in Korea, the molestation of young boys at Penn State University, and the tens of thousands of deaths of patients in our health care system are all a consequence of unresolved organizational conflict arising from a culture a fear. Unless, we replace fear […]

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Drug Safety Alert!

Over 770,000 people are injured or die each year in hospitals from adverse drug events (ADEs) which may cost up to $5.6 million each year per hospital, depending on hospital size. This estimate does not include ADEs causing admissions, malpractice and litigation costs, or the costs of injuries to patients. National hospital expenses to treat […]

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