Category Archive: Patient Safety

Mar 05 2015

Patients Looking Out for Each Other – When Patients Know Best


When oncologists consider recommendations for their patients’ cancer treatment, they will often consider the guidelines published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. They expect to find the latest information in effective treatment, based on the best research, along with information they can share with their patients. But it turns out, that may not be what’s …

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Feb 19 2015

Getting Away With Murder? Public Records, New York and Across the US


This post is two things: 1.  A description of the problem which has to do with money, influence, and once again, it’s the little guy who will lose out. 2.  A call to action for those who live in New York State – where the most egregious of examples is taking place now. (And may …

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Feb 11 2015

Chicken Little, Wishful Thinking and the 24 Hour News Cycle


One frightening and frustrating trend we’ve seen since the 24-hour news cycle became a reality (meaning – since we have all gotten used to, and expect, to get our news updated at anytime, day or night, everywhere) – credibility has taken a nose dive. We want to think we can count on the “facts” as …

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Aug 14 2014

Top Doctors and Best Hospitals – for a Price


You mostly see them in airline magazines. But sometimes I see a banner or badge on a doctor’s website, or even a hospital’s billboard. Big proclamations they are!  Dr. Horatio P. Speshultee is a TOP DOCTOR as ranked by some organization or another.  Or ST. HARELDA’S HOSPITAL has been ranked #1! Oh really?  Says who? …

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May 03 2012

Sometimes It’s Better to Just Say No


Story One: When I was a child (and we’re talking a lo-o-o-ng time ago – when doctors made house calls)… if I got an earache, I would suffer.  REALLY suffer. Mom would drip some warm oil into my ear, and then stuff some cotton in behind it. She’d give me an orange flavored baby aspirin …

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