Just recently, I called a patient to tell them that my error had probably resulted in a delay in the diagnosis of their serious medical illness.* As soon as I had realized the error, I had thought and thought about how to broach the topic with them. 644 more words
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In 1999 the U.S. Institute of Medicine released what would become a touchstone report, To Err is Human, which estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals each year due to medical errors that could have been prevented. 142 more words
A recent study from Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers indicates that the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical mistakes. An estimated 250,000 people die each year from medical errors, ranking it only after cancer and heart disease which each take approximately 600,000 lives each. 332 more words
Out with the traditional, in with the new!
With social media everything is hashtags, viz.
- # PatientAdvocates
Let’s see if any of them is worth ($ literally!) the effort. 95 more words