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Push for Cameras in the Operating Room

“A movement is afoot to put cameras in operating rooms around the country, after a woman died from an anesthesia overdose.”

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Medical Errors
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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.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors
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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.

Categories: C. diff, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, MRSA
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Video: What do we want? Safe health care!

Medical harm is the third leading cause of death in the US. These Safe Patient Project activists are doing amazing things to change that. Check out our new video!

Categories: C. diff, Doctor Accountability, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors, MRSA
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These people are working to make your health care safer

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project hosts a national gathering of patient safety activists from across the country to connect face-to-face, share information and strategize on future work together. This year November 11-13, we held our 9th summit in Yonkers, NY, headquarters of Consumer Reports.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hip and Knee Replacement, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors
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How To Stay Safe During Your Next Hospital Visit

Interview with manager of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, Lisa McGiffert, on hospital Safety.

Categories: Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors
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Consumers Union’s “Ending Medical Harm” Conference Brings Awareness and Action

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project held an incredible conference on November 6, 2013 at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in NYC that gathered experts, journalists and activists to address the pressing public health threat of medical harm. Our conference, “Ending Medical Harm: Tackling the 3rd leading cause of death in the US,” had approximately 150 Continue Reading

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hip and Knee Replacement, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors
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Endangered Patients: WA Consumer Forum Explores Ending Medical Harm

  Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) teamed up to host a patient safety forum at the Seattle Public Library to explore ideas for ending patient harm and what consumers can do to protect themselves from medical errors, hospital infections and failed hip and knee implants. About thirty-five people heard Continue Reading

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hip and Knee Replacement, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors
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Become an Empowered Patient with this New Decision Support App

The Empowered Patient® Decision Support web app is a series of ten questions that help identify areas in which patients may need help and support when making health care decisions. The app produces a streamlined pdf report of areas where the patient feels confident and decisive – and areas in which the patient may need information and guidance.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors
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