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Dr. Gupta was performing a procedure in which a pacemaker is inserted through a patient's blood vessels. But he skipped a key step, and the patient's condition steadily worsened. The case is a reminder that the skills a physician has earlier in their career don’t always remain sharp toward the end.

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Every time someone famous dies after a medical error, hopes rise that we will see a meaningful response that will improve patient safety conditions. Joan Rivers' death has, in an incredibly quick time frame, led to some significant consequences for those involved.

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Three high-profile deaths that occurred over the past year are worth noting as reminders of the larger topics that should be top of mind for health writers.

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Fatal errors and lack of adequate medical care in immigration detention centers bring suffering to detainees and their families.

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Errores mortales y falta de atención médica adecuada en los centros de detención para inmigrantes, son una realidad que cada vez derraman más lágrimas entre reclusos y familiares.

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I rarely read an entire story on my phone, but when I saw the headline Dirty medical needles put tens of thousands at risk in USA TODAY on Thursday, I had to click through all nine pages of it.

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I am lobbying the Association of Health Care Journalists to help me make the case that death certificates and autopsies are important public records that should not be hidden by state or federal laws.

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Much of the recent focus on patient safety can credited to the health journalists who pierced the veil of silence and raised public awareness of medical errors.

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Health care has changed radically in the last decade. Yet we're still using outdated statistics on medical errors. Why?

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Patient activist Helen Haskell argues that we won't be able to prevent medical errors unless we get a better handle on just how many errors there are.

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