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Safe Patient Project teams up with Maine activist Kathy Day

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Safe Patient Project’s Daniela Nunez went to healthcare and patient safety-related meetings in Maine this week, joining activist Kathy Day who won a patient partnership award at the Maine Quality Counts conference. Read about important health care conversations happening in Maine.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 in Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | No Comments »

On the road with the Safe Patient Project

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Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.

Posted by Suzanne Henry on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Q & A for Surgeons on Warranties for Hip and Knee Replacements

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Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project will be talking to surgeons attending the AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans and hope to get their feedback on our warranty campaign. Here’s our answers to frequently asked questions on our campaign for hip and knee warranties.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

California advocates voice concerns at medical board meeting

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This month, California advocates worked with CU to voice safety concerns at the California Medical Board meeting. We testified on several issues that affect the public and transparency…

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, February 28th, 2014 in Doctor Accountability | 2 Comments »

Docs for Hip and Knee Warranties?

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We’ve started asking orthopedic surgeons who implant hip and knee devices what they think about our warranty idea. Next month, we’re going to New Orleans to talk with surgeons attending an annual orthopedic surgeons meeting.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, February 21st, 2014 in Hip and Knee Replacement | 20 Comments »

California advocate featured in LA Times on how to research your doctor

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Michele Monserratt-Ramos, member of CU’s California Safe Patient Network, was featured in a February 9 Los Angeles Times article on how to research your doctor. Michele has been active on patient safety issues since the tragic death of her husband-to-be, Lloyd Monserratt.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, February 14th, 2014 in Doctor Accountability | No Comments »

[Guest post] Does Your Joint Replacement Have a Warranty? By Brian Hatten, M.D.

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Dr. Brian Hatten, an orthopedic surgeon, shares his perspective on warranties for hip and knee implants.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in Hip and Knee Replacement | 7 Comments »

Go Team! Advocates Deliver Patient Safety Message in Washington State

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Last week, the Safe Patient Project traveled to Washington State to team up with Washington Advocates for Patient Safety to give a voice to the health care crisis of preventable medical harm

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, February 7th, 2014 in Doctor Accountability, Hip and Knee Replacement, Medical Errors | 1 Comment »

Consumer Reports: Warranties for Artificial Hips and Knees Needed

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This week, Consumer Reports released a TV story that discussed the lack of warranties for artificial hips and knees, and Consumer Reports’ nationwide hospital ratings for hip and knee replacement surgery (available to subscribers of ConsumerReports.org).

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, February 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

NPR features CU’s Safe Patient Project and story sharer harmed by hip implant

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Our Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, was on NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday about a story on the Johnson and Johnson metal hip settlement.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 in Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »
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