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Category: Patient Stories and Patient Safety

The Power is in Our Hands

Angela Dunbar with her Family

Angela Dunbar, Manager of the CDC and CDC Foundation’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients Program “I wonder if they will all say the same thing,” I thought as I waited for the steady flow of my medical team to begin filing in and out of my exam room. You see, I had breast cancer and Read More >

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Unintended Consequences for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Matt Davis, MD

Matt Davis, MD, Clinical Medical Director SCI Service Line, TIRR Memorial Hermann The story would have been shocking, if I had not seen the precursors many times before. My patient was paralyzed by a bulging disc in her spine. In an effort to achieve “High Reliability” and reach the goal of “Zero Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Read More >

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After Beating Cancer, Our Daughter Died from a Superbug Infection

picture of Meredith Littlejohn

Guest Authors: Steve Littlejohn and Stefanie London Modern medicine as we know it relies on effective antibiotics. I learned this in the most difficult way imaginable when our daughter was on her way to beating cancer only to succumb to an antibiotic-resistant infection. When Meredith entered her senior year, she was at the top of Read More >

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Help Your Patients Make Safer Food Choices

Dr. Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH

Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Salmonella and Campylobacter, two of the many types of bacteria that are commonly transmitted through food, can cause Read More >

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Clinicians: Use “mL”-only when Prescribing to Reduce Parent Dosing Errors and Keep Children Safe

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS

Guest Author: Shonna Yin, MD, MS Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine One thing that every clinician can do for National Safety Month is make sure they prescribe medications for children in the safest way. Dosing errors are the most common type of medication error that brings children into the Emergency Read More >

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