The mission of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety (WAPS) is to promote accountability, quality, safety, and responsibility in patient care. As the voice of patients, their goals are to eliminate medical errors and harm and to save more lives.
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?
Consumers Union Documents
- State Medical Error Report Links
Reports from the states with laws requiring public reporting of medical errors.
- Consumers Union comments to National Quality Forum (NQF) on sociodemographic factors Source: Consumers Union (Wednesday April 16, 2014)
Consumers Union letter to National Quality Forum on its draft report “Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status or Other Sociodemographic Factors” regarding risk-adjustment for some provider performance measures. CU’s primary concern is that such adjustments will hide differences in outcomes on quality and safety measures that exist when health care is delivered to patients from certain sociodemographic groups – for example, low-income, race, or age. Performance measures should reveal these differences.
- Video: Testimony of Consumers Union at Senate hearing on medical errors Source: Bernie Sanders (Friday July 18, 2014)
Watch Lisa McGiffert (Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Director) testify at a Senate hearing on medical errors, the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Consumers Union's Testimony at Senate Hearing: More Than 1,000 Preventable Deaths a Day Is Too Many Source: Consumers Union (Thursday July 17, 2014)
Lisa McGiffert, Campaign Director for Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, testified at a Senate HELP subcommittee hearing on medical errors, July 17, 2014.
- Patient Safety Advocates Urge the Creation of a National Patient Safety Board to Fight Medical Errors Source: Consumers Union (Tuesday July 15, 2014)
A network of patient safety advocates is urging Congress to take steps to improve patient safety by preventing hospital acquired infections and other preventable medical errors.
Consumers Union News Releases
- Patient Safety Advocates Urge the Creation of a National Patient Safety Board to Fight Medical Errors
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project to Highlight Need in Senate Testimony
- Consumers Union To Hold “Ending Medical Harm” Conference at Columbia University On November 6th
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- Ending Medical Harm: Tackling the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. Agenda
The Safe Patient Project is hosting a forum on medical harm at the Columbia School of Journalism Lecture Hall, November 6, 2013, 10:00 am -3:00.
- Medicare Study Shows Most Medical Errors Go Unreported
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study released today by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting fourteen percent of all medical errors and usually don’t change their practices to prevent future harm to patients.
- HHS Announces National Campaign to Improve Patient Safety
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- The Empowered Patient Coalition Launches New Website To Help You Navigate the Health Care System
Learn more at EngagedPatients.org
- Even doctors are prescribed unnecessary antibiotics
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh woke up one morning with a sore throat and felt weak. He did what many of us would do in that situation: go to the doctor.
- What You Need To Know Before Getting Heart Surgery
Our Consumer Reports colleagues published an informative report on heart surgery to help you make informed choices when you make life and death decisions.
- California Safe Patient activists celebrate progress and testify at Medical Board of California meeting
A week ago, our Consumers Union (CU) Safe Patient Project staff went to sunny California to meet with our network of activists that are working to protect CA patients from medical harm. Find out what we did!
- Consumer Reports shows you what hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections
Consumer Reports has today released groundbreaking hospital ratings by C-section rates, informing the public about which hospitals perform C-sections at higher rates than others for low-risk deliveries…
- Launch of Engaged Patients Website Source: EngagedPatients.org (Wednesday October 1, 2014)
The Empowered Patient Coalition 501(c)(3) announces a new project at EngagedPatients.org focusing on creating a grassroots social movement to inform and engage the public to participate in their health care experiences.
- Conversation on Medical Overuse and its Effect on Patient Safety with Rosemary Gibson, MSc Source: http://webmm.ahrq.gov/perspective.aspx?perspectiveId=163 (Thursday October 2, 2014)
Rosemary Gibson says medical overuse is pervasive.
- Lockport woman’s loss becomes a lesson for all in the health care industry Source: Buffalo News (Sunday September 7, 2014)
Buffalo News highlights the patient safety advocacy of Mary Brennan-Taylor, a member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project activist network.
- Surveys give low grades to ENH Lockport Source: Lockport Journal (Sunday August 17, 2014)
Patient safety advocate Mary Brennan-Taylor (member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network) and Consumer Reports’ John Santa quoted on controversy surrounding a Lockport hospital’s poor patient safety scores by Consumer Reports.
- Ex-Des Moines doctor cited in West Virginia VA death
With a trail of errors behind him, Iowa doctor hired by a VA hospital in West Virginia.
Research and Reports
- Mapping the Terrain of Graduate Medical Education: A Patient's Perspective, Helen Haskell, MA Source: Journal of Graduate Medical Education (Thursday October 2, 2014)
Helen Haskell (2014) Mapping the Terrain of Graduate Medical Education: A Patient’s Perspective. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: September 2014, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 437-459.
- What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a Connecticut Hospital Source: Informed Patient Institute (Tuesday September 30, 2014)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the hospital to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact the places that regulate or oversee hospitals.
- What to Do if You Have a Concern about Quality in a Connecticut Nursing Home Source: Informed Patient Institute (Tuesday September 30, 2014)
This tip sheet explains steps you can take within the nursing home to deal with your concerns about quality of care. It tells you how to contact places that regulate or oversee nursing homes.
- Health Watch USA Newsletter (September 2014) Source: Health Watch USA (Sunday September 7, 2014)
Patient safety news presented by KY-based Health Watch USA.
- Health Watch USA Newsletter (August 2014) Source: Health Watch USA (Tuesday August 5, 2014)
Patient safety news presented by KY-based Health Watch USA.