patient safety


Texas hospitals can stop treating and feeding patients even when patients and families disagree

Texas Advance Directives Act gives hospital committees complete immunity for deliberately stopping health care and allowing patients to die

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Two documents you need now to plan ahead for end-of-life health care

Advance directive and medical power of attorney documents help guide health care decisions and protect against hospital committees

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Suddenly-appearing floaters or flashes of light may be a warning sign of a medical emergency

Retinal detachment requires emergency treatment by an ophthalmologist, or can result in permanent vision loss

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When doctors and nurses settle on the wrong diagnosis, it is hard to get their attention

Houston-area ER focuses on broken leg, misses broken back, despite patient's complaints that he could not move arms normally

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Three things to know about heat illnesses

Heat stroke is an emergency medical condition that, if not treated properly, can cause organ damage or death

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Some hospitals are set up to allow physician medication errors

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says that medication errors cause at least one death a day and injure 1.3 million people a year

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With symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack, call 911 immediately

With every passing minute, a stroke patient loses about two million neurons or brain cells

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Atrial fibrillation treatment requires careful physician management

Whether treatment by medications or cardiac ablation, there are serious risks

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When it comes to operating rooms, two surgeons are not necessarily better than one

Two surgeons overlooks filed hiatal hernia repair, leaving patient with lifetime inability to hold down food

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The risky role of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in neurosurgery

Some neurosurgeons turn over too many responsibilities to less-trained mid-level providers

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