Category Archives: Patient Safety

When Serious Illness Strikes – Four Things You Must Know

Four things you must know when serious illness strikes: Get Smart Fast. Get Organized. Stand Your Ground, Nicely. Always Follow Up. Read this article for detailed helpful hints. Continue reading

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Patient Navigators – Who We Are and What We Do

Patient advocacy, or patient navigation, is gaining attention as an emerging profession, both in the media and in the popular lexicon, because it fills so many gaps in the current American health care system. This is especially true today as we continue implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is changing the landscape for consumers in how health care is delivered and paid for in this country. Continue reading

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Study documents adverse effects of pitocin on newborns

On May 7, 2013 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released its comments on the results of a study of the adverse effects of Pitocin on newborns. I can only hope that the doctors who routinely prescribe this drug for all their laboring moms actually pay attention, and try to practice evidence-based medicine.re we seriously only now looking at the potential adverse reaction for the babies? When a huge percentage of moms get induced and even more have their labor augmented with pitocin, shouldn’t we have looked at the effect on babies BEFORE we started using it routinely?

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Health Literacy Spotlight

Only 12% of Americans have proficient health literacy skills, so the majority of adults may have difficulty completing routine health tasks like understanding discharge instructions or diabetes care. There is a strong, independent association between health literacy and health outcomes. Continue reading

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What’s On The Health Reform Horizon?

There are several important changes on the horizon this year as additional provisions of the health care law are implemented. Here are a few. Continue reading

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When Women Should Seek a Second Opinion

Women, in particular, are sometimes reluctant to seek a second opinion. Learn how and when a second opinion can be life-saving. Continue reading

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Navigator Notes January 2011

The January “Navigator Notes” newsletter discusses the new Patient Navigator site, clinical trials and food science. Continue reading

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Hospital Infections – Stay Safe!

Preventing hospital infections: 1) Wash hands with soap; 2) Clean patient’s skin with antiseptic; 3) put sterile drapes over entire patient; 4) Wear a sterile mask, gown, hat and gloves; 5) put a sterile dressing over the catheter site. Many hospitals fail this test. Continue reading

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