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Response to Consumer Reports’ questions from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

The Low Down Dozen Hospital Responses (Charlotte Hungerford Hospital – Torrington, CT)

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Safe Patient Project Director Makes Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare”

Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, was recognized in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. We couldn’t be more proud.

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Docs on Probation: Over 5,100 Californians’ signatures presented to Medical Board of California

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, presented over 5,100 Californians’ signatures to the Medical Board of California.

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“Mom, You Have to Trust Me”: Safe Patient Activist Published by JAMA Internal Medicine

Mary Brennan-Taylor, an activist with the Safe Patient Project since the tragic death of her mother in 2009, has just had an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, wherein she details in a powerful narrative the sequence of events that took her mother’s life.

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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!

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Consumers Union News Release on CDC National Report on 2013 Hospital-Acquired Infections

Atlanta, GA – A national report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a continued decline in most of the types of hospital-acquired infections that are publicly reported. However, the 2013 data reveals that there is still much work to be done to reach the long-term goal of eliminating hospital-acquired infections, as set out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And, nationally, hospitals have failed to meet the 5-year goals set by HHS.

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Study: 1 in 20 patients misdiagnosed in outpatient settings

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.

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Misdiagnosed: Docs’ Mistakes Affect 12 Million a Year

NBC News covers a new study that found at least 1 in 20 adult patients is misdiagnosed, which can lead to serious harm. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director Lisa McGiffert quoted.

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Hoping for Financial Compensation, Safer Drugs from Big Pharma in 2014

Drug Watch Radio includes CU’s Safe Patient Project campaign in its New Year’s wish list. You can listen to our interview on Drug Watch Radio here: http://www.drugwatch.com/radio/consumer-reports-interview-lisa-mcgiffert/

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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

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