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Protecting Pediatric Patients From Medical Harm

The revised American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, “Principles of Pediatric Patient Safety: Reducing Harm Due to Medical Care,” appearing in the June 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online Monday, May 30), cites several studies including one that found seven … Continue reading

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Adverse events in hospitals may be 10 times greater than previously measured: part 1

A study released in early April 2011 compared three methods of detecting adverse events in hospitals. The first is voluntary reporting. This method depends on healthcare workers coming forward and admitting that an error has occurred. At a minimum, they … Continue reading

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A patient safety tip: keeping track of medical history

Hi, my name is Christina Hawkins and I just want to tell you a little bit about what happened with my daughter and my mother. About 2 years ago my daughter was 1 and she had a pretty bad infection … Continue reading

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How Patients Can Avoid Medication Errors – part 2

Mistakes in medication cause over 100,000 deaths a year. Not only do people die, but also as a direct result of medication errors, close to 1.5 million worldwide fall sick. Why does this happen? Avoidable errors are not prevented in … Continue reading

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National Patient Safety Awareness Week

This column captures many of the components of being a patient safety advocate. Read the full column here. When my daughter had surgery years ago, I packed up my PJs and pillow and camped out in the uncomfortable chair in … Continue reading

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