Topic: Medical Errors

Medication errors can harm young children
Dec 13 2016

Medication errors: 4 steps to protect your children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

As cold and flu season ramps up, parents and caregivers will be measuring out a range of liquid medicines—from pain and fever relievers to antibiotics—to give to their young children. But how sure are you that the dose you’re giving your children is accurate? A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics highlights how often... Read More

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Questions to ask about your new prescription
Jun 14 2016

Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Getting a New Prescription

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every day in the U.S., at least one person dies due to a prescription drug error and more than 1.3 million people are injured as a result of these medical errors each year according to the Food and Drug Administration. The best way to protect yourself and your family from prescription errors, drug interactions, and... Read More

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Safer transitions from hospital to home
May 10 2016

Hospital to home: Making the transition safer

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

There’s a great deal of information you need to understand when you or a loved one makes the transition from the hospital to home after inpatient treatment. Unfortunately, being discharged from the hospital can be a very confusing time and that confusion can lead to problems once you’re home or even readmission to the hospital.... Read More

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Protect your child from the wrong diagnosis
Apr 26 2016

Is your child at risk for the wrong diagnosis?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found that 12 million Americans receive the wrong diagnosis each year and that nearly every American will experience at least one misdiagnosis in his or her lifetime. The IOM study focused on adults who received the wrong diagnosis, but some researchers believe the problem could be just as significant... Read More

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How to protect yourself from inappropriate medical treatment
Mar 8 2016

How to Protect Yourself from Inappropriate Medical Treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

In medical treatment, more is not always better. Each year, thousands of people receive inappropriate medical treatment for their health problems or too much treatment for a problem that doesn’t pose a serious threat to their health. But there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself from the problem of inappropriate... Read More

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How to protect yourself from misdiagnosis
Nov 17 2015

The growing risk of misdiagnosis and how to protect yourself

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

A recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) included an alarming statistic: 12 million adults in the U.S. who seek outpatient medical care experience a diagnostic error each year in the form of an incorrect, missed or late diagnosis. The report’s authors conclude that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error... Read More

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A second opinion could change your diagnosis
Nov 10 2015

Get the right diagnosis with a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

Misdiagnosis is a significant problem in the U.S. Studies have found that between 10 and 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed and approximately 12 million people who seek outpatient care for a health problem experience a diagnostic error such as an incorrect, late, or missed diagnosis. The best way to protect yourself from these errors... Read More

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Oct 27 2015

Diagnosed with Cancer? Get a Cancer Second Opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, one of the first steps you should take is to seek a second opinion on the pathology used to make the diagnosis. Why is a second opinion so important in this situation? A growing number of studies have found that a second opinion on pathology can help you avoid... Read More

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Are you taking over the counter drugs too often?
Aug 25 2015

Are You Taking Over-The-Counter Medications Too Often or for Too Long?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You might think that because a medication is available over the counter, there are no serious risks from using it. But even over-the-counter drugs can cause problems if you don’t take the correct dose or take the medications too frequently or for too long a period of time. Here’s what you should know about the... Read More

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Birth control pill Injection Medication and Injection devices made vintage style
Aug 13 2015

What you need to know before you buy prescription medications online

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The attraction of buying prescription medications online is that prices can be lower than your local pharmacy, but those savings can come with some risk. Some websites deliver illegal, counterfeit or incorrect medications and medical devices, which can put your health at risk. So what do you need to know before buying prescription medications online?... Read More

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