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Medical Errors

Wrong surgery, wrong medication, serious bedsores… Unsafe practices and poor quality care kill more than 440,000 patients each year and waste billions of dollars every year. What information do you have about the safety of your hospital? What protections do you have if the hospital makes a mistake with you?

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  • It pays to read the warnings when you open up a prescription
    Source: Wash. Post (Monday August 3, 2015)

    Barbara Odanaka was hospitalized with pneumonia and was prescribed levofloxacin, an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone drug class. She was not told about fluoroquinolone toxicity, a disorder of the musculoskeletal system.

  • Perspective: Less is More
    Source: NEJM (Tuesday July 28, 2015)

    Mary Brennen-Taylor recounts the events that led to her mother’s death, starting with medication that is potentially dangerous to older adults.

  • Push for Cameras in the Operating Room
    Source: Washington Post (Wednesday June 24, 2015)

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

  • The 21st Century Cures Act — Will It Take Us Back in Time?
    Source: NEJM (Wednesday June 3, 2015)

    “Patients and physicians would not benefit from legislation that instead of catapulting us into the future, could actually bring back some of the problems we thought we had left behind in the 20th century.

  • Long-Term Data on Complications Adds to Criticism of Contraceptive Implant
    Source: NYT (Monday May 4, 2015)

    Essure is not a sure bet for women who have suffered the consequences of the device failing, resulting in everything from pain, bleeding to pregnancy.

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