Saturday, July 19, 2014

HOSPITAL ACCIDENTS - We're still not safe

ModernHealthcare: Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, 

"Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, which met Thursday with a panel of patient safety leaders . . .."  

Subcommittee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders convened the panel to bring awareness to what some say is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S." 

Sanders mentioned a study estimating there may be as many as four times as many early deaths associated with preventable harm to patients as we thought in 1999!  More Than 1,000 Preventable Deaths a Day Is Too Many

We deserve safety.  We pay for insurance that pays hospitals.

And when we make serious mistakes at work, there are consequences including losing our jobs. 

A few years ago, I worked with a woman whose husband was dropped after surgery, doing more damage, and necessitating repeat and additional surgery.  Could have been your dad, your spouse, your love.

How does your hospital score?  How can you find out?  Does the local paper reveal or ignore?

If you have a favorite Senator, you may want to urge them not to let this matter die when it's off the front page.

Do we march, or look away?

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