Happy New Year to all Croakey readers – here are some thought provoking posts from around the Blogosphere to enliven your holiday….
As She Lay Dying: How I Fought To Stop Medical Errors From Killing My Mom
A (US) doctor talks about his struggle to get appropriate care for his mother. It’s an incredible story that says so much about the problems with our hospital system on many levels. It also discusses an innovation introduced in some US hospitals called ‘Condition H’ where patients and families are able to call a hotline when they feel that they are not receiving the care they need. When the number is called, a rapid response team of a physician, patient relations coordinator, nursing coordinator, and floor staff arrives in minutes to remedy the problem.
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Maggie Maher from www.healthbeatblog.com writes about a book called The Empowered Patient, written by Dr Julia Hallisy, who spent 11 years dealing with the health system in relation to her daughter’s cancer. The book has now become a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting people to obtain the best quality care for themselves and to improving the safety of health care for all. The website provides a range of downloadable resources for consumers, including fact sheets and checklists on seeking second opinions, preventing infections and medication safety.
Anyone interested in the use of social media and health (or who wonders what all the fuss is all about!) should check out how this women’s health centre in Virginia, USA, is using Pinterest as a way of communicating and sending health promoting messages to its community. Their 13 Boards include information on happy babies, healthy eating, ideas for baby showers and wellness tips for women. (shared by @healthblawg)