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The Empowered Patient Coalition Launches New Website To Help You Navigate the Health Care System

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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, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Medical-Device Merger Could Eliminate Field’s Only Warranty

Most of the press attention to the upcoming merger between Zimmer and Biomet, two leading medical-device manufacturers, has been focused on the $13 billion price tag and the fact that the two companies are crosstown rivals, both headquartered in the same small Indiana town.  If it’s approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the merger Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, July 25th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

What You Need To Know Before Getting Heart Surgery

Our Consumer Reports colleagues published an informative report on heart surgery to help you make informed choices when you make life and death decisions.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 in Medical Errors | No Comments »

Rethinking the use of Morcellators on Women

A morcellator is a medical device that seems like it was developed in medieval times as an instrument of torture. But it is actually marketed and used to grind up tissue during laparoscopic hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal. It becomes problematic if the tissue being shredded is cancerous. The FDA recently issued a safety alert stating, “Morcellating these tumors can spread cancerous tissue internally and significantly worsen the odds of long-term survival.

Posted by Suzanne Henry on Friday, May 30th, 2014 in Doctor Accountability, Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

Patient safety activists react to USA Today story on seniors and Rx drugs

This week’s USA Today story about the problem of overprescribing serious narcotics and pain killers to seniors touched a nerve with Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project activists. According to the story, “hundreds of thousands of the nation’s seniors are misusing prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers, anxiety medications and other pharmaceuticals, for everything from joint pain Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 in Doctor Accountability, Drugs | No Comments »

California Safe Patient activists celebrate progress and testify at Medical Board of California meeting

A week ago, our Consumers Union (CU) Safe Patient Project staff went to sunny California to meet with our network of activists that are working to protect CA patients from medical harm. Find out what we did!

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, May 9th, 2014 in C. diff, Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors, MRSA | 2 Comments »

Consumer Reports shows you what hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections

Consumer Reports has today released groundbreaking hospital ratings by C-section rates, informing the public about which hospitals perform C-sections at higher rates than others for low-risk deliveries…

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

Should TV drug ads shorten list of side effects?

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting on your couch watching a good TV show and it’s interrupted by a drug company commercial claiming to have an answer to a fill-in-the-blank condition. A funny-sounding drug name is revealed followed by a recital of drug side effects, some which can sound pretty scary. Do you get confused Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, April 25th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Study: 1 in 20 patients misdiagnosed in outpatient settings

A new study published in the BMJ Quality & Safety journal found that at least one in twenty patients is misdiagnosed in an outpatient setting, which can put them at risk. NBC News covered this new study, and quoted our Safe Patient Project Director Lisa McGiffert.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 in Medical Errors | No Comments »
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