Blog Posts in April, 2011

  • Transparency for Washington State Patients

    || 28-Apr-2011

    Washington State patients can breathe a bit better now that law SHB 1493 has been signed. It increases transparency with medical boards that discipline physicians receiving complaints. Prior to the law, patients who complained about medical errors to state disciplinary boards found their concerns entering a black hole. This is precisely what happened to Yanling Yu and Rex Johnson, who filed a ...
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  • Hospital safety: The latest figures

    || 26-Apr-2011

    There’s a new measurement tool in town for assessing hospital errors and safety, and it’s finding that there are more errors than we originally thought. In fact, according to this tool, a third of patients in the U.S. will be victims of a medical error during hospital stays. The new tool was developed at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Massachusetts. Old tools include ...
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  • The business card offense

    || 21-Apr-2011

    For as many bad stories one hears about the police, there are just as many good stories, right? We all want to trust the police and believe they have the community’s best interests at heart. Police officers should also be approachable. Sadly, Officer Aaron Dauchy of the Portland Police was not very approachable when he was approached by concerned citizen Shei’Meka Newmann. In February ...
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  • A fan of spinal fusion surgeries

    || 18-Apr-2011

    Dr. Vishal Makker just can’t seem to get enough of spinal fusion surgeries. In fact, he outperformed all other spinal fusion surgeons in the nation in 2008 and 2009. Makker operated on 61 Medicare patients in 2008 and 2009, and on 16 of those patients he performed more than one spinal fusion. The Wall Street Journal uncovered this information when it studied a Medicare database to ...
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  • Getaway driver just frightened

    || 11-Apr-2011

    File this one under the practically unbelievable category. Just over a year ago a police officer in Gilbert, AZ, was shot and killed during a traffic stop. The shooter was the passenger in the vehicle. The driver then fled the scene and engaged the police in a high-speed chase. During the chase the passenger threw objects at the police cars in pursuit. The chase ended some 50 miles later when the ...
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  • Infection rates drop at Legacy

    || 7-Apr-2011

    Legacy Health of Portland implemented a new initiative two years ago with the aim of lowering infection rates and patient deaths, and it looks like they have succeeded. According to an article in the Oregonian, infection rates have dropped by about 45 percent, and patient deaths declined about 14 percent over the past two years. The iniative, labeled “Big Aims,” was undertaken at six ...
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  • Mousy drink

    || 5-Apr-2011

    You know how a lot of people complain about frivolous lawsuits? Well, listen to this story and decide if you think it’s a frivolous lawsuit. Vitaliy Suzhik of Federal Way, WA, has filed a lawsuit against Hansen Beverage Company for negligence and product liability. Suzhik claims he discovered a mouse in a 16-ounce can of Monster Energy Drink. He alleges that as he drank from the can, ...
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  • Tainted IV fluid proves fatal

    || 1-Apr-2011

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating tainted IV nutrition fluid that may have contributed to the deaths of nine patients in Alabama. So far no evidence directly linking the bacteria to the deaths has been found, but the investigation is still young. Some nineteen patients in six hospitals in Alabama were found to have a bacterial infection, specifically Serratia ...
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