Time to jingle some bells: Hospital-acquired infections drop dramatically

Back in August, we blogged about the scourge of hospital-acquired infections in America. The money quote, courtesy of the Center for Disease Control: Every year an estimated 648,000 people in the U.S. develop infections during a hospital stay, and about 75,000 die. . . . That’s more than twice the…

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Squandering of resources worsens U.S. health care, California drought

Drought-plagued Californians were appalled last week to see a quote in the Washington Post from one of their more privileged residents: People ‘should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful. . . . And,…

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Measuring quality in health care involves both doctors and patients

Your husband’s left knee has been aching for years, and his primary care doctor just referred him to an orthopedist. The orthopedist confirms your suspicions—it’s time for a knee replacement—but then adds, “He’s going to have to lose about 50 pounds before I can perform this surgery.” The doctor is recognized…

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