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Patient safety and preventable medical errors

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Designing a Safer Breathing Tube for Patients and Caregivers

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The innovative BayWin valve allows for deep suctioning of mechanically ventilated patients without the risks associated with breaking the closed circuit.
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These 3 Key Steps Could Have Prevented Paul Buisson’s Death

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After celebrated animator Paul Buisson died of an in hospital opioid overdose, three key steps were identified that could have prevented his death.
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The Best Ways To Treat Back Pain Without Drugs

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A variety of non-drug treatments, ranging from massage & physical therapy to low-level laser therapy, have been found to provide relief from chronic pain.
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Tips to Help Doctors Deal with Opioid Requests and Avoid Malpractice...

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Here are some tips to help doctors deal with opioid requests and prescriptions.
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Why It’s Essential for Women to Care for Their Eyes

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April is Women's Eye Health Month. Here are some tips for awareness, prevention, and screening of common ocular issues in women.
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How to Provide Culturally Competent Care

Things physicians can do to acquire and maintain skills in order to provide culturally responsive and appropriate care to the increasingly diverse population of patients in the United States.

A Communication Failure Between Pharmacists and Doctors

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Doctors and pharmacists are still using phones and faxes to communicate. Here is one pharmacist's vision of how to bring the conversation into the 21st century.
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Practical Solutions to our Misaligned Care Problem (Part 1)

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The current payment model for pharmacy does not align with quality care and needs to be replaced with a model that rewards patient-centered care.

Why the U.S. Healthcare System Keeps Failing Patients

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A pharmacist shares his views on how our healthcare system fails patients because doctors and pharmacists all too often practice in separate and distinct silos.

What To Do When Patients Want To Record Their Doctor Visits

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“Doctor, can I record our conversation today?” Have you ever heard that question from a patient or a patient’s family member? What are the pros & cons of allowing those recordings in clinic or the operating room?

Why Do Doctors Make Diagnosis Errors?

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Physicians fail to diagnose accurately for many reasons including biases and premature closure of the decision-making process.

Why Internists Get Sued and What To Do About It

A recent study of closed claims against Internists provides insight into what motivates patients to pursue lawsuits and the system failures that lead to patient harm.