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Patient Safety Day

Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting

Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA
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Tuesday 6/7: Join a live web chat with Safe Patient Project

Join the Chicago Tribune for a live web chat at noon CT (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, June 7, to chat about hospital safety with Tribune reporter Judy Graham, and panelists Empowered Patient Coalition’s Dr. Julia Hallisy and Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director Lisa McGiffert.

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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Recall Announcement Affects Consumers Union Employee

Medical recalls can indicate potential risk of serious injury or death to patients, but they often go unnoticed.

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If you’re in the San Diego area tomorrow, meet us at the Empowered Patient training

On Saturday, October 9, the Empowered Patient Coalition along with Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and AARP California will be holding a special training in San Diego for patients and caregivers on how to stay safe in the hospital.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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Patient safety activists hold “conversation” with CDC

On June 16, Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project and 11 patient safety advocates from 10 states attended the first “Consumer Conversation on Healthcare-Associated Infections” at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

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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.

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Numerators

Guest blog post from Kerry O’Connell of Conifer, Colorado. Kerry is a member of the Colorado Health Facility Acquired Infections Advisory Committee. A committed patient safety advocate, he calls for restoring empathy and compassion in health care.

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A Lifesaving Safety Program Your Hospital Should Follow

An innovative “checklist” to reduce central line bloodstream infections in intensive care units has had incredible success in hospitals where it’s been adopted.

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U.S. Congressman dies following surgical error, infection

Our leaders in Congress experience medical harm, too. On Monday, Politico reported that Pennsylvania U.S. Congressman John Murtha had died as a result of complications from recent gallbladder removal surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

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CDC Endorses Public Reporting of Hospital Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a very clear statement today on public reporting of infection rates, prompted by the Consumer Reports article “Deadly Infections” – a real step forward!

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