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12 Medical Mistakes that Can Harm You

The AARP magazine recently interviewed health experts to provide these tips. View the slide show, http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2016/hospital-medical-mistakes-photos.html#slide1

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Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain robust objectives and measures that promote health information access and exchange between patients and eligible hospitals. Read the press release, http://www.nationalpartnership.org/news-room/press-releases/leading-consumer-patient-labor-groups-urge-cms-to-maintain-robust-consumer-ehealth-requirements.html

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What Does Patient Safety Mean to You?

We recently asked members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety to tell us "What does patient safety mean to you? You can read what some of them had to say on the P.S. Blog, http://npsf.site-ym.com/blogpost/1158873/255297/What-Does-Patient-Safety-Mean-to-You. If you'd like to share your thoughts, respond to this post or visit to blog to respond.

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#ThinkSepsis: September Is Sepsis Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging patients affected by sepsis to share their stories on social media. Use #ThinkSepsis across social media to share your personal sepsis story. Tell how sepsis has impacted you or your family, and remind your friends and loved ones to#ThinkSepsis. Visit the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/.

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20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: A Patient Fact Sheet

Great resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, http://archive.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/index.html

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Antibiotics: Will they help or hurt you?

This resource is one of many available through the Choosing Wisely program, http://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/antibiotics-will-they-help-or-hurt-you/

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The July Effect at Hospitals

Sharing a story from Modern Healthcare, http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160725/NEWS/160729958

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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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12 Medical Mistakes that Can Harm You
The AARP magazine recently interviewed health experts to provide these tips. View the slide show, http://www.aarp.org...
Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Meaningful Use Stage 3
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maint...
What Does Patient Safety Mean to You?
We recently asked members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety to tell us "What does patient sa...
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