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Blog Posts

  • Let’s talk about labels

    A bill in California (SB 1390) would create a minimum of 12-point font for the most crucial information on medication labels and would require translation of medication label information into commonly used non-English languages.

  • California Moving Too Slow On Patient Safety Progress

    Since 2006, California lawmakers have passed laws to improve patient safety, yet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been moving at turtle speed to enforce these laws.

  • California Pharmacy Board Should Support Safer Medication Labels

    Guest blog post written by Syed Sayeed, Policy Analyst at Consumers Union’s West Coast Office. CU is calling on California residents to submit comments to the Pharmacy Board by March 10th, in support of requiring all pharmacies to print important label information in at least a 12-point font size.

  • Let’s talk about MRSA

    Learn about MRSA from the people who have had personal experiences with this harmful superbug.

  • In Honor of Patients

    Join patient safety advocates across the country tomorrow to observe Patient Safety Day.

  • A Doctor’s Right to a Livelihood vs. a Patient’s Right to Live – The Discussion Continues

    Guest blogger Michele Monserratt-Ramos, President of Californians for Patients’ Rights, attended a forum to discuss the Regulatory Management of Chemically Dependent Healthcare Practitioners. These are policy filled terms that translate to “what to do with doctors and health care workers in our health system who abuse drugs or alcohol.”

  • Insight from California Safe Patient Network

    Guest blogger, Holly Harris from San Diego, shares what she learned at the California Safe Patient Network meeting and calls on us to join and spread the word about preventable medical harm.

  • Activists speak out at Presidential health care forum

    Your stories matter. We are listening—and we’re getting those at the highest levels of government to listen, too.

  • Raise your hand if you’ve had a hospital-acquired infection

    More people know about hospital acquired infections and medical errors than you might think, and not just from watching Oprah.

  • The better half: California hospital infection reporting bills signed into law!

    California becomes 25th state to require public reporting of hospital infections and 4th state to require MRSA screening of certain patients.

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News Articles

  • Carole Moss on Huffington Post Live: How To Stop Hospitals From Killing Us
    Source: Huffington Post Live (Tuesday December 3, 2013)

    Hear CA advocate Carole Moss, who founded Nile’s Project, discuss “how to stop hospitals from killing us.”

  • Medical board suspends doctor faulted in Lap-Band surgery death
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday August 22, 2013)

    The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of an anesthesiologist faulted in the care of a patient who died after weight-loss surgery at a clinic tied to the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign.

  • Lap-Band surgery center tied to 1-800-GET-THIN loses accreditation
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Wednesday August 21, 2013)

    Following patient deaths, a Beverly Hills lap-band outpatient surgery center has lost its accreditation, which under California law, prohibits the center from performing surgeries on patients under general anesthesia. The operators of these lap-band surgery centers have disciplinary records with the California Medical Board and face a joint criminal investigation involving both state and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • Fullerton hospital fined $100,000 for removing wrong kidney from cancer patient
    Source: KPCC (Thursday August 15, 2013)

    St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif., has been fined for removing the wrong kidney from a cancer patient. Nine other California hospitals were fined for similar actions that put patient safety in jeopardy.

  • CDPH Issues Penalties to Ten Hospitals
    Source: CDPH (Thursday August 15, 2013)

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued ten penalties today to California hospitals along with fines totaling $675,000 after investigations found the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

  • Initiative reduces hospital-acquired infections, savings lives and money
    Source: KPCC (Monday August 5, 2013)

    A three-year effort to reduce hospital-acquired infections has prevented more than 3,500 patient deaths and saved more than $60 million dollars, according to a report released Monday by the statewide collaborative Patient Safety First.

  • Report on CA Patient Safety First initiative to reduce medical errors
    Source: CA Patient Safety First (Thursday August 1, 2013)

    To address the critical issue of patient safety in hospitals, five key industry stakeholders came together in 2010 to develop and implement Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health (PSF).

  • Prison Sterilization Report Prompts Call For Inquiry In California
    Source: NPR (Thursday July 11, 2013)

    California lawmakers are calling for an investigation into allegations that 148 female prisoners underwent tubal ligation surgeries without the state’s required approval. Some inmates said they had been pressured into undergoing the sterilization procedure, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • Rocklin doctor's license suspended
    Source: Sacramento Business Journal (Thursday May 2, 2013)

    Rocklin doctor has license suspended after a court found that her practicing medicine “will endanger the public health, safety and welfare.”

  • California's medical board backs some prescription-drug-abuse reforms
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Friday April 26, 2013)

    LA Times reports: “The Medical Board of California on Friday embraced a host of reforms aimed at combating prescription drug abuse and reducing overdose deaths but balked at a proposal to strip it of its authority to investigate physician misconduct.”

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