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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.

  • 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.

  • House health reform bill tackles hospital infections

    Our message caught on! A coalition of House Democrats have included public reporting of hospital-acquired infections in their reform bill (HR 3200), and reducing payment to hospitals that aren’t doing enough to prevent infections.

  • 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…

  • Confused about Tuesday’s impact on your state?

    A friend of mine in Pennsylvania just asked me how to find out how some ballot initiatives did in her state and I told her about State Line.

  • Med schools coaching students on how to handle drug reps effectively

    Some med schools now are starting up projects for their students to help them challenge drug company sales reps when they attempt to wine and dine docs.

  • Another prestigious institution bans Pharma swag

    In what the NY Times calls “a growing movement among academic institutions,” Stanford University Medical Center will ban gifts — even small ones like pens — from pharma sales reps to physicians who work there.

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