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9,000 complaints from patients across BC, including this one involving a sponge mistakenly left inside a woman


Health authorities received nearly 9,000 complaints from patients over the quality of care in hospitals and other publicly funded health facilities in the past year, including one from a woman whose surgeon left a sponge inside her, expecting it to be removed by a nurse during followup wound care. 816 more words

Medicine Matters

This Day, This Moment

Both of my cats are still alive, so you can guess what I am thankful for today. Turns out there are a lot of people around who have been traumatized by euthanasia decisions, which does not surprise me at all. 1,959 more words


When Something Goes Wrong At The Hospital, Who Pays?

When Charles Thompson checked into the hospital one July morning in 2011, he expected a standard colonoscopy.

He never anticipated how wrong things would go. 1,298 more words

Cost And Quality

Day 312 - A book quote a day. Florence Nightingale: What cruel mistakes are sometimes made...

What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they can know nothing and think they know a great deal. 19 more words

Cocaine and Sentinel Events are Bad for You

This is based on a paper I wrote during my neurology block a couple of weeks ago. I struggled to compare this topic to flying because of the terrifying magnitude of the problem in healthcare. 831 more words


Nondisclosure Agreements in Medical Malpractice

The amount of a monetary settlement in medical malpractice cases often gets a lot of coverage in the media, especially if it’s in the millions. Nevertheless many settlements include nondisclosure agreements. 224 more words