Cancer Drug Causes Patient To Lose Fingerprints And Be Detained By US Immigration

May 28, 2009

Immigration officials held a cancer patient for four hours before they allowed him to enter the USA because one of his cancer drugs caused his fingerprints to disappear. His oncologist is now advising all cancer patients who are being treated with the commonly used drug, capecitabine, to carry a doctor’s letter with them if they want to travel to the USA.

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Coalition For Quality & Patient Safety Of Chicagoland PSO Taps ECRI Institute PSO For Support

May 19, 2009

ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Coalition for Quality & Patient Safety (CQPS) of Chicagoland PSO to provide patient safety data collection, reporting, and analysis. The Chicagoland PSO focuses on local experience, patterns, trends, and patient safety initiatives specific to Chicago and the surrounding counties. CQPS will coordinate its PSO and other patient safety efforts with other Illinois-based hospital and primary care associations, the Illinois Department of Public Health, consumers and consumer advocates, other patient safety and quality improvement stakeholders, and existing patient safety collaboratives across the state.
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Statement From DHHS Sec. Lanier Cansler On Patient Abuse Incidents At Central Regional Hospital – North Carolina

February 11, 2009

Both Governor Perdue and I pledged transparency at the beginning of this administration. Today, we learned of three incidents which have occurred at Central Regional Hospital involving patient care in the last few weeks.

On Feb. 1, a patient was assaulted by a health care technician at the CRH Raleigh campus. This incident was not reported to hospital administrators until an anonymous complaint was received by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) inspectors.
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Nurses Play Key Role In Improving Quality Of Patient Care

January 18, 2009

Quality has become a major focus within health care, especially in the areas of regulatory quality, quality assurance, quality improvement and patient safety. As this focus increases, nurses’ involvement in quality improvement activities is likely to expand in coming years. In the December 2008 issue of Urologic Nursing, Leslie W. Hall, Shirley M. Moore, and Jane H. Barnsteiner state that by actively participating in improving health care, nurses benefit their patients and experience more joy in their work.
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Patient Experience PSA (Public Service Agreement) Scores – Annual Update, UK

January 11, 2009

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

Patient Experience PSA (Public Service Agreement) scores update to include results from the 2007 and early 2008 patient surveys, and revisions to previous PSA scores


This publication updates the patient experience scores previously published on 22 April 2008. These figures report final progress against the PSA target for sustained improvement in patient experience for the 2005-08 spending review period. Results have been updated to include scores derived from survey results published by the Healthcare Commission in 2007 and early 2008. There are new data points for ‘adult inpatients’, ‘primary care’ and ‘community mental health’.
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Final Rule Issued For Patient Safety Organization, US Department Of Health

January 10, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule for Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). The rule becomes effective on Jan. 19, 2009. It provides final requirements and procedures for PSOs, new entities, with which clinicians and health care providers can work to collect, aggregate and analyze data – within a legally secure environment of privilege and confidentiality protections – to identify and reduce patient care risks and hazards.
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Prepared Patient: Can Hospital Report Cards Help You?

January 8, 2009

Consumers are awash in information they can use to find the best deals on everything from dishwashers to car insurance. But is it possible to comparison shop for a hospital?

Hospital report cards which can include information on everything from how clean the hallways are to how many patients die after a certain operation have been touted as a valuable source of information for savvy hospital shoppers. But these report cards may not be as useful to you as a Consumer Reports guide. The information in them can be out of date, hard to interpret, and aimed more at the hospitals themselves than at patients. And for many patients, “choosing” a hospital just isn’t an option no matter what the report card says.
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