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November, 2018

Patient safety in hospitals a big concern

November 7, 2018

Twenty years ago, a landmark study by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) highlighted the prevalence of medical errors and called for a national commitment to reduce patient harm. Today, a follow-up study revealed that 71 percent of hospitals made no improvements and 7 percent actually got worse. Worse yet, Read More

Most children who get their tonsils removed, do not actually need the surgery

November 6, 2018

A study reported today exposed shocking statistics about children who have their tonsils removed: 7 out of every 8 surgeries are unnecessary. In the population studied that equaled 32,500 children who underwent needless tonsillectomies. Perhaps worse yet, most of the children who actually needed to have their tonsils taken out, Read More

Women treated more poorly than men by doctors

October 19, 2018

An article from the New York Times revealed disturbing facts that: “research on disparities between how women and men are treated in medical settings is growing — and it is concerning for any woman seeking care. Research shows that both doctors and nurses prescribe less pain medication to women than Read More

Lifesaving tips for a safer birth

October 15, 2018

This is the final post following the USA Today series about maternal deaths in America.  After exhaustive research to find out why women die in childbirth in America at a rate greater than in any other developed country, USA Today put together some life-saving tips to help patients, reproduced in Read More

Death in childbirth

October 8, 2018

Our last post linked to stories of women who survived terrible medical mistakes during childbirth due to doctors and nurses not following simple steps to detect and stop hemorrhaging after birth, or not recognizing and treating high blood pressure during pregnancy, during birth or in the time right after a Read More

Deadly deliveries

September 30, 2018

The last several weeks we have been discussing recent articles published in USA Today exposing the shocking facts about “deadly deliveries” in America- women suffering serious complications or dying in childbirth because doctors, nurses, mid-wives and hospitals are not taking simple steps that could prevent injury and death. This week Read More

What states aren’t doing to save new mothers’ lives

September 24, 2018

The second part of the series from USA TODAY examining why death rates among pregnant women and new mothers have gotten worse, making the U.S. the most dangerous place in the developed world to deliver a baby, is even more frightening than the first one. The focus of this article Read More

Military hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.

September 11, 2018

The Scary Story The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among the world’s developed nations – two women die in childbirth almost every day in America. Half of the deaths could be prevented if hospitals followed basic safety steps, yet many hospitals, including Army, Navy and Air Force hospitals, Read More

Poor communication among nurses and doctors is a primary reasons for patient care mistakes.

September 6, 2018

Doctors not listening to nurses and nurses afraid to talk to doctors is causing harm to patients. A recent study found that the hospital hierarchy puts nurses at a power disadvantage, and many are afraid to speak the truth to doctors. Video recordings also showed that nurses didn’t directly request Read More

Annual pap test a ‘thing of the past?’

August 22, 2018

Newly released cervical cancer screening recommendations push testing intervals out from once a year to once every three to five years depending on your age. Less frequent screening may save money for the health insurance companies and time and inconvenience for women, but it potentially magnifies the consequences of a Read More

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