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More Hospitals Screening Aging Surgeons

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Protect Yourself from Health Care Acquired Infections

Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Worst of all, they can be deadly. What can you do as a patient or loved one of a patient to minimize risk? Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention resources on this issue, http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/patientSafety/patient-safety.html

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Medical Errors Cited as Third Leading Cause of Death

May 4--Dr. Tejal Gandhi discussed the newest study of medical errors on local Boston PBS news program. View the show at https://news.wgbh.org/2016/05/04/local-news/third-biggest-killer-nation-medical-errors

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Hospital Discharge: One of the Most Dangerous Periods for Patients

This article from the Washington Post illustrates the fact that poor transitional care is a big patient safety problem, especially ffor older people with complex needs. Read the story online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/04/29/from-hospital-to-home-a-dangerous-transition-for-many-patients/

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Seeking Doctor Information Online

Seeking Doctor Information Online: A Survey and Ranking of State Medical and Osteopathic Board Websites in 2015, guide published by the Informed Patient Institute in collaboration with Consumer Reports, http://www.informedpatientinstitute.org/Seeking%20Doctor%20Information%20Online.pdf

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Five Common Medical Mistakes to Avoid in Hospitals

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Opinion: Improving Patient Safety

Guest column in the Virginian-Pilot says we need to get patients involved long before they need health care. Read more

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How Big of a Public Health Issue Is Patient Safety?

Read this commentary by Dr. Tom Frieden of the CDC and Dr. Tejal Gandhi of NPSF. http://www.futureofhealthcarenews.com/patient-safety/how-big-of-a-public-health-issue-is-patient-safety

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Ways to Combat Misdiagnosis

This post from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) discusses the recent Institute of Medicine report and discusses ways to improve diagnosis. Read more http://blog.ncpad.org/2016/03/17/national-patient-safety-week-and-misdiagnosis/

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The Patient's Voice Is Critical

This news item from Valley View Medical Center in Arizona points out how important it is for patients to be involved in their care and to feel empowered to speak up, http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/valley-view-observes-patient-safety-awareness-week/article_c23614e4-ee65-11e5-90f2-fb40bb354b3b.html

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Let's Involve Patients in Reducing Medical Errors

Op-Ed by Lisa Freeman in the Connecticut Mirror: Read it online at http://ctviewpoints.org/2016/03/15/lets-involve-connecticut-patients-in-reducing-medical-errors/

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Patient Safety Is Public Health

To make an impact on patient safety we need to begin addressing it as a public health issue, just as we have with chronic disease and with other injuries. Read this commentary by NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi on the Safe Healthcare Blog published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/2016/03/15/patient-safety-is-public-health/

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We Can Do Better. We Must Do Better

Dr Carol Gunn shares a moving Tedx about losing her sister to delays in diagnosis in cardiac chest pain. Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu-HcylvuU8

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Op-Ed: We Don't Have to Accept that Health Care Can Be a Crapshoot

In this commentary, Kathy Day, a retired nurse and a patient safety advocate, urges greater public awareness of patient safety. Read more, https://bangordailynews.com/2016/03/16/opinion/contributors/we-dont-have-to-accept-that-heath-care-can-be-a-crapshoot/

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Patient Safety Tips from Health South Valley of the Sun

Health South Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, located in Glendale, AZ, published tips for the public to keep in mind to become more engaged in their care. See the news item at http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_c2b56b8a-ea10-11e5-a337-dbd84d305ff1.html

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NY One & Only Campaign launches Provider Pledge for injection safety for PSAW

On this Patient Safety Awareness Week, the New York One & Only Campaign urges healthcare providers to make a stand for safe injections in healthcare by taking the "Provider Pledge". Once you download the pledge, take a picture of yourself (or have someone else take it) and either share via social media or send to the NY Campaign project coordinator (see details on the left hand side of the page via this link). Let's establish a community of safe practice! http://www.oneandonlycampaign.org/partner/new-york

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Patient and Family Engagement to Improve Patient Safety

Dr. Tejal Gandhi, president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation, writes on the intersection between patient experience and patient engagement, and the importance of both to patient safety efforts. Read her column at http://bit.ly/brltkg

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Be the Voice for Patient Safety

Dawn Evans, MSN, RN, patient safety officer at Barton Memorial Hospital (NV), offers tips for patients during Patient Safety Awareness Week. Ms. Evans is a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF. Read more, http://southtahoenow.com/story/03/10/2016/opinion-be-voice-patient-safety

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