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Patient Safety Memo to Congress: Listen to the Patients on National Patient Safety Day
(Accessed on September 2, 2009)

As Congress tinkers with health care reform, lawmakers should listen to what a special group of advocates is trying to tell them. There is no better day to listen than Saturday, July 25, the ninth annual Patient Safety Day.
Condition H, Solutions Innovations in Health Care as Simple as Picking Up the Phone

(Accessed on September 15, 2009)

In this modern age, we have become used to thinking about innovation as the domain of the iterative tinkerer, the weapon of choice for wizards who stay up late to make smaller, faster, cooler circuits and systems. But for Tami Minnier, chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, life-saving innovation was as easy as picking up the phone. "It was so simple, it's almost embarrassing to say it out loud," she told me. "But I knew it could save lives."

She is talking about Condition Help, a program she helped create that allows a patient or their family to summon a "rapid-response team" of medical personnel, at any time throughout their hospital stay.
Medical Errors, Patients Stricken at birth,0,3269409.htmlstory
(Accessed on August 5, 2009)

Compelling audio slide show from the L.A. Times that tells a young family's experience with a medical error that has changed the course of their lives.
Medical Errors, Solutions Seeking a Safer Surgery
(Accessed on September 2, 2009)

A 42-year-old woman dies shortly after undergoing five cosmetic procedures in a New York plastic surgeon’s office. A 53-year-old Tucson patient having liposuction and surgery to tighten her jaw line stops breathing. A 21-year-old man has a fatal reaction to anesthesia while undergoing minor genital surgery.

Medical Errors Hospitals Tally Their Avoidable Mistakes
(Accessed on August 5, 2009)

Surgery on a patient with a debilitating spinal-cord disease went terribly wrong in a District hospital last year: The patient was discharged only to be readmitted a few days later complaining of severe leg pain. The surgeon, it turned out, had operated on the wrong part of the spine.



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