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How to choose a hospital to deliver your baby

April 8, 2019

Here is more from the recent USA Today series we have been posting the last several weeks: “Lisa Kane Low knows statistics like those found in USA TODAY’s investigation into secretive hospital records can “scare the living daylights out of people.” As the associate dean of practice and professional graduate Read More

Do you know your hospital’s childbirth complication rate?

April 1, 2019

Last week we posted about USA Today’s efforts to publish “secret” data about the rate of severe complications during childbirth at hospitals around the country. Here is the link to their findings in the only 13 states that would release the data. This data does not include any military hospitals Read More

Parents of injured babies suffer injuries too

March 20, 2019

When a baby is born sick or injured, the entire care team is focused on the baby. However, a new study shows that the parents of newborns who have been hospitalized also need care. They tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety and acute or post-traumatic stress disorders. Some Read More

Preventable hospital errors kill and injure hundreds every year, including last year in 2018.

March 11, 2019

Surgery on the wrong body part, surgery on the wrong patient, newborns seriously injured and killed during routine deliveries, medication mix-ups leading to serious injury- all of these preventable errors, and more, were reported to have happened 384 times in Minnesota hospitals last year. Minnesota is not alone as other Read More

Anesthesia may not be as safe as we thought

March 4, 2019

Research is starting to reveal disturbing side effects of anesthesia. According to a recent report, “the findings are challenging traditionally held beliefs that general anesthesia simply ‘turns the brain off’ and then reverts it to its pre-anesthesia state” when the patient is woken up. “Anesthesia is a very abnormal state Read More

Failure of doctors and nurses to wash hands is causing post-operative infections

January 17, 2019

I have written before about the importance of hand washing by doctors and nurses to prevent infection. Yet another study, this one published just this month from University of Iowa researchers, reports that despite solid evidence supporting improved practices for hand washing “adherence to evidence-based, basic, preventive measures is abysmal.” Read More

Doctors are experimenting on pregnant women

January 10, 2019

Doctors often have no choice but to experiment on pregnant women without knowing whether their treatments will help, or harm, the mother and/or her unborn baby.  Pregnant women are usually excluded from medical research, because scientists are understandably concerned that experimenting on them could hurt them or their fetus.  According Read More

Yelp! Do reviews guide your choice of ER or Urgent Care facilities?

January 7, 2019

It is very common for consumers to rate a restaurant, hotel or service online with sites such as Yelp! The practice is now spilling over to health care.  Specifically people are rating and reviewing ERs and Urgent Care Clinics. Roughly 47 percent of emergency department and 30 percent of urgent Read More

Healthcare providers — not hackers — leak more of your data

January 1, 2019

New research from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University found that more than half of the recent personal health information, or PHI, data breaches were because of medical providers — not because of hackers or external parties.  Employees were taking PHI home or forwarding it to a personal account or Read More

Age 75 or older? You still need mammograms!

December 27, 2018

Women age 75 years and older should continue to get screening mammograms, according to a new study. There is a high incidence of breast cancer found in this age group and mammography plays a critical role in the early detection – it can show changes in the breast up to Read More

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