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What You Need To Know Before Getting Heart Surgery

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 »

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 »
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