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Hospital Safety, Dirty Doctors, and Accountability

My friend Helen Haskell forwarded two articles of big interest to those of us who wish hospitals were safer places to be sick or hurt. Putting Staff in Charge of Safety The first is the cover story from Hospitals and Health Network Magazine called “Can Your Nurses Stop a Surgeon?” It tells the tale of

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Tom – Another Update

Heard again today from my friend Tom. Previously, I shared the saga of his need for specialized heart surgery, his battle with his health insurance company for permission, and the need for prayers as he finally underwent his surgery in Cleveland. Good news! Tom’s home, and doing so well that he’s arguing with his neighbor!

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Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis on Today Show: Learnings

My heart goes out Darrie Eason, the woman who appeared on this morning’s Today Show who was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy, and learned later that they had made a mistake — in fact, she had no cancer at all. In her case, her biopsy specimen was mixed up with another woman’s

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Newsweek’s My Turn: What About the Patient?

Last week, Newsweek’s My Turn featured an essay by Dr. Richard Karl. Newsweek called it “Good Doctors Spot Mistakes, Save Lives”… a lousy headline for a well-meaning essay, even if the essay needs a postscript. (I’ve provided that postscript below.) Dr. Karl, a surgeon, describes the frustration of trying to track down a sponge which

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