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Patient safety and preventable medical errors

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Chronic Wounds: How Self-care Can Help Speed Healing

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Optimal self-care for patients with chronic wounds includes dressing changes, good nutrition, and recognizing warning signs of infection.
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Why Medical Translation and Medical Interpretation Services are Key in Quality...

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All industries need translators and interpreters who are trained in different languages. Although some items, symbols, and/or actions may be universally understood, you still...
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Telehealth Project to Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients During COVID Crisis

A telehealth project to improve treatment for patients at highest risk for stroke has been launched by PPAHS and supported by a BMS-Pfizer Alliance Grant
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A Fatal Medical Error: Lack of Care or Lack of Caring?

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A family doctor relates the sad story of a fatal medical error that killed her friend Bob and ended up influencing her work for years to come.

How Technology is Changing Nursing Practice for the Better

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Technology is changing nursing practice, making it easier to acquire patient data. One possible benefit: nurses may be freed up for more time with patients.
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Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring Training is Crucial to Patient Safety

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Routine, rigorous fetal heart rate monitoring training is key to ensuring good outcomes for moms and babies during labor and delivery.
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Early Diagnosis of Sepsis is the Key to Saving Lives

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A doctor describes his personal experience of surviving sepsis. He is now a passionate advocate of early diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
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The Promise of Failure Analysis in Healthcare

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The makers of Learjet collect data & program what is learned about critical system failures in order to improve flight safety. Healthcare should do the same.
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When Digital Devices Distract Doctors, Mistakes Can Happen

Digital distraction is emerging as a threat to patient safety & physician well-being. Patient care is a high-risk activity that requires undivided attention.
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The Moral Dilemma of Learning Medicine from the Poor

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Student-run clinics provide healthcare to the poor, but also provide opportunities for students to practice their skills on people with no other options.
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Nursing Errors Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

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Nursing errors and the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia led to the unexpected death of a mother's only child. It could have been prevented.
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Opioids Can Kill People in the Hospital Too

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Continuous monitoring can help improve patient safety when opioids are given in the hospital but it is important not to contribute to the staff's alarm fatigue.