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5 Reasons Why Duodenoscope Problems Matter

Duodenoscopes have contributed to deadly CRE infection outbreaks across the country. Learn how to protect yourself.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 in Hip and Knee Replacement, Medical Errors | 1 Comment »

3 Hospital Superbugs You Should Know By Name

Last week, various news outlets reported on a superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital linked to two patient deaths and nearly 180 possibly infected.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 in C. diff, Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA | No Comments »

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Doctor

What factors do you consider when choosing a doctor? Do you care more about having a doctor who communicates well or is it more important that your doctor has lots of experience and skills?

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability, Medical Errors | No Comments »

3 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Your Medications

Learn the Risks and Benefits of Any Drug You Take Taking a new medication is a big deal. When a doctor recommends a new prescription, you should walk away knowing why it was prescribed and how you should monitor your symptoms after taking it. The more informed you are as a patient, the easier it will Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability, Drugs, Medical Errors | No Comments »

A Surprising Way to Avoid Medical Errors in the Hospital

Most of us have a bad waiter or waitress experience. Maybe they were rude, made a mistake with your dish, or overcharged you. Similarly, people have had less than optimal experiences in the hospital, as a patient or family member of a patient.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | 11 Comments »

6 Questions to Ask Before Getting a CT scan or X-ray

I was shocked to learn that 15,000 people are estimated to die each year because of cancers caused by the radiation in CT scans.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability, Medical Errors | 5 Comments »

Video: What do we want? Safe health care!

Medical harm is the third leading cause of death in the US. These Safe Patient Project activists are doing amazing things to change that. Check out our new video!

Posted by Suzanne Henry on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 in C. diff, Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors, MRSA | 2 Comments »

These people are working to make your health care safer

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project hosts a national gathering of patient safety activists from across the country to connect face-to-face, share information and strategize on future work together. This year November 11-13, we held our 9th summit in Yonkers, NY, headquarters of Consumer Reports.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Doctor Accountability, Hip and Knee Replacement, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | No Comments »
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The Empowered Patient Coalition Launches New Website To Help You Navigate the Health Care System

Learn more at EngagedPatients.org

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 in Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | No Comments »

Even doctors are prescribed unnecessary antibiotics

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh woke up one morning with a sore throat and felt weak. He did what many of us would do in that situation: go to the doctor.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 in Medical Errors | No Comments »
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