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Lives Saved by the Affordable Care Act

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In an exception to the general rule that news usually reports negative things, I found myself refreshed today to see this headline: Efforts to Improve Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Patient Harms, 50,000 Lives Saved and $12 Billion [...]

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5 Patient Rights: Part 2

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These are basic patient rights which may lead to lawsuits if they are violated. 1. Communication The hospital staff are obligated to inform a patient or, when appropriate, the patient’s legal representative, of the patient’s rights. The information should be [...]

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5 Patient Rights: Part 1

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Violation of these basic patient rights may give rise of lawsuits. 1. Right to refuse treatment A patient may refuse care, medication, or procedures against the medical advice of a doctor. Some patients oppose certain treatments based on religious belief. [...]

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Violence on the Psychiatric Unit

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Patients and staff alike fear when a patient loses control. Violent behavior may result from intoxication with substances, schizophrenia, disordered or paranoid thoughts and anger control problems. Generally violent behavior does not occur without warning. Agitated patients may show disorganized [...]

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