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Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment, done with assistance from NYPIRG.
Excerpt: ""Advocates, such as New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment,
maintain that family-centered visiting policies promote quality of care, healthcare
efficiency and more positive patient outcomes.""""I
LOVE this example of patient centeredness. I proposed a similar thing....the right
for every patient to have a bedside advocate during their entire hospital stay, in
2011 in Maine. It was knocked down along with the rest of the proposal that was
for improved MRSA prevention in our State. Maybe it is time to bring this up
Great work!""'The solution, the IOM suggested, was not to
punish ���bad apples��� who miscalculated a drug dose. Rather, it was to learn
from those errors to build a safer heath care system.'..............I guess that is
why when a doctor is asked what they do - they say 'I practice medicine"". On the
surface that can almost sound humble. The doctor I was seeing certainly meant it to
be. But, the truth is far different - common sense and history tells you when
there is no accountability - there is no impetus to be mindful. Our elderly,
handicapped are treated with disrespect and disregard. The best measure of a person
or country's humanity is how they treat their most vulnerable. The dignity of a
sick patient is just as important as their illness. I feel foolish making that
statement - it is a given. Yet, it is ignored. Personally, I know you cannot
legislate to make a person respect another no matter what the profession is. The
fact that one puts one's health - life - in another's hands seems to make no
difference. It also seems the more a patient educates themselves - the less likely
their input/questions will be listened to or answered - healthcare givers seem to
take it as a challenge to them personally. Wonder what would happen if the rules
and regulations were enforced?""I agree with what you said Michelin. Respect for
the individual should be 'a given'... Sadly, it's not. I'm not sure how we got to
the place we are today with regard to seeing so much harm via medicine but I
suspect the root of the problem is money more than anything. The article I posted
above doesn't really address it but i believe it's a huge factor. Doctors and
hospitals are under huge financial pressure today like never before in our history.
And, we all know what can and does happen when money's involved with anything. Just
think about how fighting over money divides families like nothing else can. I've
seen it many times... It's as if otherwise nice, loving, caring, ethical and moral
people go 'crazy'... Medicine has become nothing more than BIG BUSINESS! The drive
is clearly to make money. Most of us here know that but there are many who don't.
Until I was intentionally harmed via an unnecessary hysterectomy, I didn't realize
this - at least not to the extent I do now. Now, I'm WIDE AWAKE!!! In your last
sentence, you asked a very good question. I too wonder what would happen if rules
and regulations already established were merely enforced... What would happen if we
quit trying to figure out ways around 'enforcement'? I strongly suspect, as I've
said many times before, that we'd see a noticeable reduction in medical malpractice
- via negligence and on purpose via unnecessary procedures/surgeries."...perhaps an
occasional reminder of who works for whom.Good point Doug!"""Practice"" is what
students and apprentices do. They are expected to make mistakes and the worst that
can happen to them is a bad grade. Should patients assume the surgeon is using them
for ""practice?"" Is a bad mark on a sheet of paper what patients should anticipate
what will happen if they become the victim of a medical error?Are doctors steering
us into accepting an attitude that by having surgery we are volunteering for their
lab experiment?"Feds say they want to roll out a prototype system that makes it
easier for patients to complain about healthcare errors and harm. Look for it to
start next year somewhere in Pennsylvania. My column today."I think this is a good
step. My concern is a legal one. When a patient reports, are they aware of the
consequences in doing so? Do most people know about the statute of limitations?
They could report something and not realize that they have now documented their own
""time stamp"" with regard to when a prudent person realizes. What they might not
know is the legal element of the statute of liminations will, then, start to toll."
"Supposedly this would be confidential and protected from discovery. there's a