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You Saved New York’s Physician Profile Website!

Thanks to your support, we convinced New York lawmakers to keep New York’s Physician Profile website.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability | No Comments »

The Truth About Sleeping Pills

Here’s what you need to know about sleep drugs and the risks.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 in Drugs | 1 Comment »

11 tips for how to complain about your medical care

Check out Public Citizen’s fantastic guide for where to complain, written by Alan Levine, member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Network.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | No Comments »

Does your doctor wash their hands?

Check out this great new video about hand hygiene practices by health care workers created by the Alliance for Safety Awareness for Patients.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 in Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | No Comments »

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 »
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