Maggie  Travis's picture

Transparency Can Play Key Role in Reducing Hospital Error


A new medical television show premiered [[wysiwyg_imageupload:155:]]
giving viewers a glimpse into medicine that other shows haven’t touched on much before; errors in patient care. Unlike most medical shows today, Monday Morning’s focal point is the doctor as human rather than hero, emphasizing that mistakes do occur.

There is no doubt that some professions are held to higher standards especially when it comes to our safety and wellbeing. We are more likely to care about our airline pilot’s performance than our travel agent’s. We hold our medical community to a similar higher standard. While no one is perfect, it is challenging to allow our healthcare providers to remain under the same umbrella. The issue of medical mistakes is a reality—and a harsh one at that. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), at least 1.5 million preventable medical errors occur in U.S. hospitals annually, with up to 98,000 deaths. Read full post »

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Reducing Hospital-acquired Anemia


How many times have you gone to a hospital only to have the patient  [[wysiwyg_imageupload:86:]]
you’re visiting complain that the staff was constantly (a relative term) drawing blood?  While this is often an important diagnostic test (as in monitoring blood chemistry or a blood –borne infection), sometimes the test itself becomes a hazard.

A recent study published in Archives of Internal Medicine of acute heart attack patients found that blood loss from diagnostic phlebotomy (blood draws) is itself a risk factor for hospital-acquired anemia in acute heart attack patients.  This study surveyed the practices at 57 hospitals treating a total of 17,676 acute heart attack patients and found that 20% of the patients overall developed moderate to severe hospital-acquired anemia and that the incidence of moderate to severe hospital-acquired anemia was significantly greater at hospitals that had higher mean total blood draws.  Read full post »

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Best Hospitals List Drives Reputations


U.S. News & World Report just released their 2011 list of “best hospitals.”
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:77:]] This list, hugely popular with consumers, is the source of much angst among the nation’s hospitals.  And for good reason; these rankings of best hospitals in 16 specialties are big drivers of reputation.

Johns-Hopkins was ranked number one for the 22nd year.  If Hopkins were an athlete, you would have to retire its jersey.  Massachusetts General Hospital secured the second top spot, moving the Mayo Clinic to number three. Read full post »