Medical Errors http://www.kplu.org en Rating hospitals based on number of errors http://www.kplu.org/post/rating-hospitals-based-number-errors-0 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956890.mp3</p><p>Thousands of people are still dying unnecessarily in America&#39;s hospitals, according to a new set of quality ratings.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s despite a decade of attention to preventing errors.&nbsp;</p><p>More than 20,000 hospital deaths should have been prevented, just among Medicare patients (people over the age of 65), according to a <a href="http://www.healthgrades.com">report from Health Grades Inc</a>. of Denver.</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 03:04:46 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 954 at http://www.kplu.org Investigators fault ambulance teams at Seattle Children’s http://www.kplu.org/post/investigators-fault-ambulance-teams-seattle-children%E2%80%99s <p>A nurse may have contributed to a baby’s death, during transport to Seattle Children’s Hospital last September, according to investigators from the Washington Department of Health (DOH). An earlier autopsy said the baby died from natural causes, but state investigators are not convinced. They also say the hospital must improve how it monitors medications in ambulances.</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 02:02:52 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 641 at http://www.kplu.org Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates http://www.kplu.org/post/hospitals-reveal-surgical-infection-rates <p>If you ever need elective surgery, more websites keep appearing to help you pick the safest hospital.&nbsp; Now, you can compare all the hospitals in Washington based on their infection rates following some common surgeries.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:58:01 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 245 at http://www.kplu.org Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates