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Piloting the Basics
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
As medicine gets more complex, the potential for errors increases dramatically, says E. Patchen "Patch" Dellinger, vice-chair of surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. But by using the World Health Organization's surgical checklist, Dellinger found that his medical center was able to cut patient safety errors in half. [Read More]
    
 
July 24, 2008
 
     
 
Editor's Picks

Cancer survival depends on where you live
A British study has concluded that the effectiveness of cancer treatment in the United States is dependent not only on where a patient receives treatment, but also on his or her race. In the United States, the lowest survival rates are in New York City. The highest are in Hawaii. [Read More]

Should surgeons get bonuses for doing their job?
The Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London has proposed giving surgeons a financial bonus every time a patient survives a surgery or leaves the hospital without picking up an infection. But isn't that already part of their job? Isn't that why surgeons are paid top dollar? Patient groups in Great Britain are already speaking out against the proposal, saying it will deter doctors from carrying out complex operations or taking on high-risk patients such as the elderly. [Read More]

Tough times prompt patients to skip care
As patients are faced with the rising costs of gas and food, many are choosing to skip annual physicals and exams, says Benjamin Brewer, MD, in his Wall Street Journal blog. This means that patients will be coming to doctors sicker and in need of more advanced care. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines



Texas hospitals support medical error billing policy
Texas Hospital Association - July 24, 2008

Kansas Blue Cross won't reimburse for preventable errors
Kansas City Business Journal - July 24, 2008

 
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