Archive | Patient Safety

The Dangers of Long Resident Work Hours

I know I have been there. Chances are you’ve been there too. That place where you are so tired you literally cannot think straight. You’ve been up with a baby or a sick child. Perhaps a work or school deadline has kept you awake most of the night for days on end. Mind-numbing sleepless nights […]

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Is Your Hospital Safe?

Is your hospital safe? When we go to a hospital, we expect to leave in better condition than when we entered. But that is not always the case. Unfortunately, patients can become sicker, and even die, from dangerous mistakes and failures. Of course, everyone, including medical providers, makes mistakes. And equipment and processes fail. But […]

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ICU Staffing Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all the extraordinary, exhausting work performed by intensive care unit (ICU) doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals as they try to save extremely ill patients. However, as hard as these dedicated professionals work, staffing issues can put patients at risk. In fact, even before the pandemic, many patients in […]

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How to Choose a Nursing Home

Whether a loved one needs temporary care after an illness or injury, or more permanent care, moving a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision. Although you might not be able to meet the physical and/or medical needs of a loved one, it’s natural to feel reluctant to take this step. Of […]

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Nursing Home Safety Issues

Nursing homes care for people who are too old or sick to care for themselves. They also care for patients after a hospital stay who cannot yet live independently. Deciding to move a loved one to a nursing home is a big, often overwhelming decision. Of course, you want them to be safe and comfortable. […]

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Patient Safety Concerns for 2020 – Part 2

No one wants their healthcare to make them sicker. And no medical professional wants their patients to get sicker under their care. However, there are some common, potentially dangerous patient safety concerns that you should know about. It was just Patient Safety Awareness Week – a good time to think about patient safety. Although we […]

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Patient Safety Risks for 2020

Everyone needs medical care at some point in their lives. And no one wants to be harmed by their healthcare. So, on the heels of Patient Safety Awareness Week, it’s a good time to consider common, dangerous patient safety risks. Of course, you can’t consider patient safety without mentioning the COVID-19 pandemic – a top […]

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Protect Yourself from Superbugs

No one wants to get sicker during a hospital stay. Whether you (or a loved one) are in the hospital for a serious illness or a straight-forward surgery, developing an infection from a dangerous superbug can leave you clinging to life. The bad news: superbugs in hospitals are common and dangerous. And you don’t have […]

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Safety Risks for Patients

  Although medical care helps us get and/or stay healthy, there are safety risks for patients that we should all know about. And many of these risks are related to technology. As we all know, technology is great when it works, but it can be a nightmare when things go wrong. As frustrating as this […]

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Health Technology Hazards for 2020

As a worry wart, the worst-case scenario easily enters my mind in most situations, particularly with health-related concerns. Pushing my overactive imagination aside, there really are legitimate hazards lurking in hospitals that increase your risk of complications. And many of the hazards are related to the use of technology in health care. What are the […]

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