Dr. Kaveh Shojania, a prominent patient safety expert who scoffs at the numbers and laughs at the tragedy inflicted on countless victims of medical error, should step down as editor of a leading hospital safety journal. About three years ago, a scientist named John James published a study proclaiming that -- at minimum -- 210,000 people die every year from hospital errors, making it the third leading cause of death in ...

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An excerpt from Collateral Damage: A Patient, a New Procedure, and the Learning Curve. To make the scars inside Pam's heart, Wu was “learning by burning” with the Chilli Cooled Tip ablation catheter. One big problem with cardiac catheter ablations, which they discovered as the procedures got more and more popular, ...

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We found out that her real name was Cindy Chapman, and that she died alone and afraid. Cindy was a paralegal, an activist and a fighter of lost causes who lived in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was part of an online community called RATEMDs, where she had many soul mates. Her posts on health care were funny and cynical and wise. Her screen name was Jane Q. Patient. My wife, Pam, was especially ...

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