A short guide to avoiding hospital mistakes

About 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. That makes preventable medical mistakes the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Some hospitals are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of medical errors – see this OPB story about an Oregon hospital – and ultimately, it is… Learn More »

Is Your Hospital Safe?

Medicare has added new data to Hospital Compare, an online tool that was designed to help patients choose hospitals based on safety ratings. The new information in the Hospital Compare tool shows overall ratings for Hospital Acquired Conditions, and Serious Complications and Death. Consumers are also able to review surveys of patient’s hospital experience and… Learn More »

Report on Oregon Hospital Mistakes

A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that almost one hundred Oregon patients covered by Medicare fell down or were traumatically injured while receiving hospital treatment. Earlier this week, the Portland Business Journal reported that the data was gathered from October 2008 – June 2010 also identified an additional 53… Learn More »

Patients Beware: Hospital Safety a Real Issue

A recent report by CNN underscores the scary reality of hospital acquired infections. Many people are surprised to learn just how prevalent these infections are, especially among young children. Hospital patients are vulnerable to infections because they often have compromised natural defenses due to illness and medications. In addition, surgical wounds make for easy access… Learn More »

Seattle Researchers Find Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) on Washington Beaches

Reports on finding antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria on Washington beaches previously only found in hospitals.