"Medical errors" in hospitals and other health care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States -- claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer's.
In the era of the Affordable Care Act and its emphasis on low-cost medical care, C-sections — which cost more than vaginal deliveries — have become a sticking point for hospitals and a target for the people paying the bills.
When you seek medical attention, you assume the right procedures have been taken to make sure you receive the safest care possible. But new research has shown that assumption might be misguided.
As rates of opioid addiction have climbed in the U.S., the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome has increased, too—by five-fold from 2000 to 2012.
Hospitals with well-staffed, top-notch nursing departments had fewer deaths after surgery than hospitals without those high-quality nursing departments, researchers found.
In many ways, 2016 is an exceptionally good time to be a woman in need of birth control. Women’s access to a range of reliable contraceptive options is arguably the best it’s ever been. Why, then, do many straight women still turn to the “pull-out method,” the world’s oldest, most rudimentary form of birth control?
Discharge planning is often a broken link in the chain of care for hospital patients. Now, the prospect of Medicare penalties for excessive readmissions got the attention of some hospitals.
Innovation is the action or process of transformation. The healthcare industry is constantly growing and transforming. It is crucial that today’s medical professionals stay relevant and abreast of the best possible options in patient care.
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Liz Di Bernardo