We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it's not used to make us safer or more comfortable when we're admitted.
It's hard but feasible to make a difference, as long as you work with the locals and don't become a 'disaster tourist.'
Shortages negatively affecting ability to care for patients
From broken limbs to blood tests, hospital visits can cause unnecessary pain for children. An emergency care pediatrician offers seven easy strategies for parents to lessen this pain.
Even in areas predicted to take direct hits from hurricanes and other storms, hospitals must do all they can to stay open. It isn't an easy task, but preparation and practice help.
A recent study found that 30 per cent of Canadian health care is unnecessary. Here are five recommendations to avoid pointless health care -- for doctors and patients.
Evacuations and disruptions to health care during and after disasters like Hurricane Harvey are serious threats for older adults, who may need support well after relief operations end.
New research shows that older people are especially at risk during and after natural disasters, and may need medical help or other support well after relief operations end.
Why do a higher proportion of children in England end up on wards after being checked into emergency departments?
Nearly one-fifth of US GDP is spent on health care. Where does all of that money go?
Australians can't tell which private hospital is safer then the next because the data isn't publicly available. It's time that changed.
What would you prefer: spleen diet, fish custard, or a modern prison meal?
The poor quality of hand sanitisers in Kenya poses a health concern. If this market remains unregulated these products might encourage the undetected transmission of infectious pathogens in hospitals.
Children's opinions about their own care are often not sought by parents and healthcare professionals.
Lack of knowledge and perceived cost issues could be holding back the fight against the superbugs.
New research shows that the current strategy of 'antibiotic mixing' doesn't work.
Complex systems, from TV shows to hospitals, have plenty of checks and procedures, so why do things still go wrong?
Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
Seventeen years ago, the Department of Health berated the NHS for not learning lessons about patient safety. What's changed?
Headlines pointed to the privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services, but the Productivity Commission's report is actually a lot less radical.