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Let's give credit to the folks who are trying to eliminate healthcare-associated infections in hospitals by putting them on the Herd Immunity map.

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Three more questions you should pursue based on the debate over the SorryWorks! program, which protects doctors who apologize for medical errors that harm patients.

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An oncologist offers his perspective on medical errors. The driving force is fear and guilt: fear for the mistakes you might make, guilt for the mistakes you already made.

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Should a doctor be able to say sorry to a patient who has been harmed and then avoid the repercussions of the error?

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Efforts to change laws to encourage doctors to apologize for medical errors while avoiding lawsuits have sparked debate over whether patient safety will be compromised. Here's why.

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When is a doctor too old to practice safely? That depends, says Dr. William Norcross, who founded a national doctors' remedial education center and now advocates for regular testing of aging doctors for cognitive problems like dementia.

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Consumers Union takes up my challenge to help put hospital-acquired infections on the map — literally. 

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It shouldn't be easier to map where cows live in the United States than where superbugs live, so here's a new effort to crowdsource a Google map of MRSA and other superbug infections nationwide.

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Hospitals across the country are using near-total discretion in the way they disclose infections that occur as a result of surgeries, cause over 8,000 deaths annually in the U.S., and cost an additional $10 billion per year to the healthcare system, a new study underscoring the need for public reporting standards has found.

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Check out a Consumer's Union Twitter chat today on the safety (or not) of medical devices.

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