Hospital safety and medical mistakes
It’s been a while since I posted about staying safe in the hospital, so it’s time for an updated post.
Because the problem really isn’t getting any better.
Although there’s been much effort over the last decade to increase patient safety and reduce medication errors,
medical mistakes still contribute to approximately 250,000 deaths every year.
Different sources rate medical error as the second or third …
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I haven’t updated my blog for the last 10 days because my husband’s appendix decided to rupture. That put him in the hospital for surgery and a week of IV antibiotics.
I took my own advice to
not let a loved one be alone in the hospital, so I spent a lot of hours last week hanging out at … read on I wrote this post two years ago, but the movie is now available on Netflix. It’s worth watching, although the book goes into much more detail so I definitely recommend you read it, too, if you like medical mysteries. FN
As a twenty-something cub reporter in New York, Ms. Cahalan began experiencing strange, seemingly unconnected symptoms, such as forgetfulness, paranoia and the sensation …
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This is such a bad idea, imho.
I just read about a new trend in hospitals. They are
to teaming up with local banks strong arm offer healthcare loans to patients in the emergency room or hospital.
I understand why it’s happening. Even patients with health insurance can have huge deductibles. Sometimes thousands of dollars. And with narrower hospital networks, more patients are ending up—not …
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If you like reading books about medical mysteries and hospital disasters, then you’ll love
, by Dr. Rana Awdish. In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope
In short, Dr. Awdish, an ICU physician, ends up a patient in her own ICU. Her story is a beautifully written, but horrific, page-turner. We see her as a vulnerable …
read on Avoid the emergency room
Fridays, weekends and holidays are always bad times to get a doctor’s appointment, and many people end up in an emergency department. Which costs a lot of money, even for those with health insurance.
What can you do to decrease your chances of needing emergency care or other expensive healthcare over the holidays?
An emergency physician recently posted some
good tips on the healthcare blog KevinMD, … read on An ambulance ride is often a hidden (and costly) expense Kaiser Health News just published an article about patients being stuck with outrageously high bills for ambulance rides.
One patient got a $3,660 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one hospital that could not handle his case to another that could.
Several years ago when my husband ended up in an emergency room …
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I’ve posted several times about the
campaign. Choosing Wisely , Developed by Consumer Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine Choosing Wisely hopes to educate both physicians and patients, and cut back or eliminate unnecessary medical tests, procedures and treatments.
Over-testing and over-treatment are estimated to cost about $200 billion every year. I think that’s a conservative figure, as the financial—not to mention emotional—consequences of too …
read on How rudeness affects your healthcare
I just read an article in the
New York Times by Perri Klass, MD: Rude Doctors, Rude Nurses, Rude Patients.
Rudeness all around!
Dr. Klass, a pediatrician, refers to a recent study published in
a pediatric medical journal. The study looked at how rude or disparaging comments (by an actor playing the part of an infant’s mother) affect the performance of doctors and nurses.… read on “An American Sickness”
I love Elisabeth Rosenthal’s work.
She’s a medical journalist (an MD, but no longer practicing) who wrote
a few years ago. a brilliant series of articles on the high cost of healthcare for the New York Times
Now she has a book on the same topic. Because, of course, our healthcare system with its punishing costs for services, drugs and insurance has not improved. If anything, it’s …