Blog Posts in August, 2008

  • Should Patients Be Billed for Preventable Medical Errors?

    || 28-Aug-2008

    Expanding on the blog post from August 25 about serious medical errors, also known as sentinel events or “never events,” MSNBC recently reported that hospitals in about half of the nation’s states have decided not to bill for such events. This is a sweeping change since February, when MSNBC reported that only about 11 states chose not to bill for egregious medical mistakes. ...
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  • Medical Errors Abound

    || 25-Aug-2008

    Many of us have heard stories about botched surgeries during which medical instruments are left inside patients, but how many of us considered these stories to be urban legends? Sadly, such stories aren’t tall tales but often the truth. A recent story in the Salt Lake Tribune documented serious medical errors that took place in Utah hospitals in the twenty-first century. These “never ...
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  • Go Green with Caution

    || 19-Aug-2008

    The greening of America is big news these days, and Portland is certainly one of the leaders of the revolution. Not only do you hear about the importance of recycling and the pluses of alternative energy, but every day it seems the abandonment of cars for bicycles or public transportation comes up in conversation. It’s great that more people are making an effort to decrease their reliance on ...
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  • Window Dangers

    || 18-Aug-2008

    That was quite a heatwave we had here in Portland over the weekend! Even though it has cooled down for now, the issue of window safety is still important. The Oregonian reported that some seven children in the Portland-Vancouver region have fallen from open windows this summer. Many believe window screens provide a safe barrier for their children, but in fact children can, and do, easily push or ...
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  • We Will Miss You, Daniel Clark-Rizzio

    || 14-Aug-2008

    We will miss you Daniel. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Here is Daniel’s obituary. His celebration of life is tomorrow at Grant Park from 4-8pm. July 21, 1983-Aug. 4, 2008 Daniel Clark-Rizzio passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 4, 2008. He was 25 years old and had been living with cancer for six years. Shortly after graduating Grant High School in 2002, Daniel was diagnosed ...
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  • Where's the Beef?

    || 12-Aug-2008

    In keeping with the tainted food theme, it seems many have a beef with Nebraska Beef of Omaha. In June 2008 some 50 people were sickened by tainted ground beef from Nebraska Beef. The product was recalled at the end of June, and soon after the company, as well as federal officials, claimed Nebraska Beef’s products were safe for consumers. Unfortunately for the public, the company was wrong. ...
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