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A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

University of Washington officials have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

As health care systems continue to shift toward becoming comprehensive medical homes for patients, health care providers are increasingly incorporating lawyers into the team of professionals who are on hand to help people at no additional charge to patients.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

The sign says: “To help reduce the spread of germs, our NICU is now a handshake-free zone. Please find other ways to greet each other.” They didn’t ban handshakes outright. They suggested other options: a fist bump. A smile. A bow. A wave. A non-contact Namaste gesture.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

Overdose deaths from fentanyl and related drugs in Washington state on the rise

The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016. Fentanyl is a fast-acting, powerful opioid – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection reports from 96 hospitals

Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection reports from 96 hospitals

Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Medicare officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office.

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county – Washington Post video

U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county – Washington Post video

Life expectancy is greatest in the high country of central Colorado, but in many pockets of the United States, life expectancy is more than 20 years lower, according to the report from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

One of the organs that colon cancer commonly metastasizes to is the liver. In recent years, researchers have developed new ways to treat metastatic colon cancer in the liver, taking advantage of this organs unusual property — the ability to regenerate.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Matching ex-offenders with hard-to-fill health care jobs

Matching ex-offenders with hard-to-fill health care jobs

With unemployment falling and workers hard to find, a growing number of health care employers are following Johns Hopkins’ lead and giving people with criminal records a second chance — hiring them mainly into entry-level jobs in food service, janitorial services and housekeeping.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Secret hospital inspections may become public at last

Secret hospital inspections may become public at last

The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals that put patients’ health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Joint Replacement: Weighing Individual Goals, Risks and Benefits Key to Success

Joint Replacement: Weighing Individual Goals, Risks and Benefits Key to Success

Joint replacement is a surgical procedure where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More