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“It’s not just statistics…it’s somebody’s Mom”

Hospital infections leave a lasting impact on the individuals and families who had to experience them. For Mary Brennan-Taylor, hospital infections took the life of her mother, Alice Brennan, who passed away in 2009 after entering the hospital for pain and swelling in her leg.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in C. diff, Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA | 1 Comment »

Video: Advice on staying safe in the hospital–from the experts

Hear advice from consumer advocates on patient safety.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Doctor Accountability, Drugs, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | 8 Comments »

Recall Announcement Affects Consumers Union Employee

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

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Drugs | 5 Comments »

Jon Stewart: What If We Classified Hospital Infections as Terrorists?

Surgeon and author Atul Gawande, M.D., discusses the surgical checklist on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections | 11 Comments »

Let’s talk about MRSA

Learn about MRSA from the people who have had personal experiences with this harmful superbug.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA | 1 Comment »

RFO Encounters in Pennsylvania

You’ve heard of UFOs but have you heard of RFOs? 194 Pennsylvanians could tell you about their RFO encounter last year – that’s how many cases of “retained foreign objects” were reported to that state’s Patient Safety Authority in 2008.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Medical Errors | No Comments »

Watch Money-Driven Medicine

A new documentary, Money-Driven Medicine, offers a thoughtful perspective to the health care reform debate that couldn’t be timelier.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | 2 Comments »

Activists speak out at Presidential health care forum

Your stories matter. We are listening—and we’re getting those at the highest levels of government to listen, too.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA | 3 Comments »

Raise your hand if you’ve had a hospital-acquired infection

More people know about hospital acquired infections and medical errors than you might think, and not just from watching Oprah.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors, MRSA | 13 Comments »

Mother against medical error

Helen Haskell, founder of Mothers Against Medical Error (MAME), became a patient safety advocate after her 15 year old son died from a medical error in 2000. Watch her story.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors | 2 Comments »

SC activist Dianne Parker fights for safer care

Dianne Parker became a lead patient safety activist after her husband, Willie, died from a combination of medical errors and a hospital-acquired MRSA infection. Watch her story…

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors, MRSA | No Comments »

MRSA takes its toll on father and son

Following a bike accident, Jimmy Jr. needed knee surgery hoping to be strong enough to play high school football. Instead he acquired MRSA…

Posted by Daniela Nuñez in Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA | 9 Comments »

CA activist Carole Moss leads effort on hospital infection bills

Carole Moss has been a lead advocate on the effort to pass legislation requiring California hospitals to report their infection rates available to the public. The bill is named after her son, Nile, who died of MRSA, an antibiotic resistant superbug. The legislation also requires screening of patients for MRSA and isolating those that have it.

Posted by Suzanne Henry in Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA | 7 Comments »