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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 routinely fail to give women treatments that 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

VA staff plea: End ‘incompetence’

August 2, 2018

Conditions at the Washington D.C. VA facility have continued to deteriorate even after the hospital director was removed and patient-care experts were sent to help more than a year ago.  In an article published today in USA Today, patients are in “imminent danger” writing: “The Washington VA hospital made national Read More

Lack of oxygen at birth linked to autism

July 24, 2018

A recent study established a link between birth complications, such as lack of oxygen during birth, to an increased risk of autism. The chief science officer at the Autism Science Foundation said the study “adds to a growing literature” linking obstetrical complications to autism.” This study also may allow for Read More

New heart procedure saving preemies

June 29, 2018

An extremely delicate procedure where doctors carefully thread a tiny plug through premature babies’ 1-millimeter veins to close a defect in their hearts is allowing them to save babies that would not have survived in years past. Obviously the heart defect has to be diagnosed before any damage is done Read More

New study shows advanced cases of prostate cancer rising

June 14, 2018

In 2012, a federal advisory committee discouraged the routine use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA tests) to screen all men for prostate cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the harms of aggressively treating some early-stage malignancies detected using the PSA test outweighed any benefit.  However, a recent study showed Read More

Doctors have more time to treat strokes

April 2, 2018

For years doctors believed they had just six hours to save threatened brain tissue from lack of blood flow after a stroke. A new study found they may actually have as long as 16 hours in many cases and another study found the outer limit at 24 hours for some Read More

Artificial Intelligence to fight hospital acquired infections

March 19, 2018

Clostridium difficile (often referred to as “C-diff”), a deadly bacteria spread by physical contact with contaminated objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals causing 29,000 deaths a year in the United States. Traditional methods, such as monitoring hand washing and attempts to spot the infection early, often fail to stop Read More

161 patients at risk for deadly infections after nurse reused syringes

March 11, 2018

Unsafe injections practices, such as reusing a syringe on multiple patients, commonly cause infection outbreaks in developing countries.  This is a problem in other parts of the world because access to good infection control training and medical supplies is limited. Unfortunately, despite appropriate training and abundant medical supplies here in Read More

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