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Fatalities due to medical errors likely underreportedFatalities due to medical errors likely underreported

first_imgAlthough a groundbreaking 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report suggested that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors, recent studies suggest that the real number is likely much higher, according to patient safety expert Lucian Leape, adjunct professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health and a member of the committee that issued the IOM report.“The big problem is that you can’t just rely on people reporting when things go wrong,” Leape said in a July 5, 2013 video interview on MedPage Today. “You have to have a more reliable method of picking it up. It’s expensive, and most hospitals aren’t very motivated to do that, frankly.”Still, there have been significant improvements in patient safety, Leape said, citing the elimination of bloodstream infections from central lines, hand hygiene, and surgical time-outs. “We never do any of this as well as we’d like…but we’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Connecting with scienceConnecting with science

first_imgA recent day found two dozen high school students on Harvard’s campus making ice cream out of berries, heavy cream, and a healthy dose of liquid nitrogen. The class instructors mixed and stirred as a fog poured out of a bowl that contained the experiment, while the students looked on in fascination.The group from Allston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was invited to campus by Mandy Houghton and Brandt Marceaux, students from Gallaudet University who are at Harvard as part of the National Science Foundation Science Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) Summer Internship program. CIQM summer interns participate in the annual Research Experience for Undergraduates — or REU — program at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Like Horace Mann, Gallaudet University is geared toward deaf and hard of hearing students, and offers the world’s only bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in interpretation in an American Sign Language-immersive environment.The REU program allows dozens of undergrads from throughout the United States and across the world to perform cutting-edge research in some of the world’s most advanced labs. The students’ backgrounds are as diverse as their interests, which range from chemistry to physics to engineering. In addition to their research projects, students routinely get involved in campus activities.Kaysha Hernandez (from left) looks to ELA teacher Susan Pearce as she translates research assistant Daniel Rosenberg’s lecture. Sign language interpreter Patricia LeJeune and student Jenasia Butler also partake in the discussion during a science demonstration inside the Northwest Labs at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Horace Mann students signed questions to their teachers as well as to Houghton and Marceaux. Some took turns churning the ice cream; all were sure to grab a sample.“Science is everywhere — in everything they see and do,” signed Jennifer Greenfield, middle and high school coordinator at the Horace Mann School. “There is science behind everything. My goal was to show them that learning isn’t only in the classroom. I want them to be more curious about the world and I want them to be able to explore their own interests.“I was really impressed with the two [CIQM] students,” Greenfield continued. “They have a natural connection and communication flowed easily. They were really able to serve as role models. It was great to show our students people like themselves — people who are in college and studying science — who are also deaf.”The class was taught by Daniel Rosenberg and Daniel Davis, experts in chemistry and physics who are also veterans of the highly popular “Science and Cooking” and “Science and Cooking for Kids” programs. The scientists discussed concepts that underlie everyday cooking, and how to apply principles of physics, engineering, and chemistry to the art.“I remember in middle school making ice cream out of a packet, but making it with liquid nitrogen wasn’t something that I had ever seen before. It was really cool to see that. It gave me a new appreciation for science,” signed Sendy Velasquez, one of the students visiting from the Horace Mann School.As the Horace Mann group headed out to catch their bus back to Allston, Greenfield signed to Houghton, Marceaux, and the rest of the team at SEAS: “Thank you. It was a perfect day.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

A diverse Bar is ‘right and just’A diverse Bar is ‘right and just’

first_imgA diverse Bar is ‘right and just’ A diverse Bar is ‘right and just’ Those members of The Florida Bar committed to diversity have an opportunity to transform the Bar not by changing its structure or appearance or character, but by “giving deeper meaning to the word integration.”That’s the message Miami lawyer George F. Knox, Jr., provided in his keynote address to those attending the Bar’s Third Annual Diversity Symposium in Orlando.“The challenge to the comfortable is to make an honest effort to accept the fact that conflict is unavoidable. But the ultimate good is inevitable,” Knox said. “The challenge to the comfortable is to dare to commit to those things we all know are right and just.“To the historically afflicted, we need to restore our own confidence and to understand that without confidence there cannot possibly be hope,” Knox said. “So we must focus ourselves upon bargaining and not begging, upon anticipation, not mere expectations. Not just being eligible, but being worthy. Not just submitting an application, but being sought out because of our merit and our value. And we must therefore bring value to the proposition, whatever the proposition may be.”He urged those working for greater diversity in the profession to “continue to work hard and move forward, continue to appreciate the blessings that The Florida Bar has.”Knox said lawyers must be willing to talk openly about ways to make the Bar better.“There is tension between persons who have been comfortable with the operations and procedures and practices, attitudes that have historically existed in The Florida Bar,” Knox said. “And there are those who have become or have been historically afflicted who have encountered pain, discomfort, discouragement, who face obstacles and hindrance to our own development because of either an insidious or subtle application of these obstacles and hurdles that have interfered with our orderly pursuit of our aspirations.“There is an opportunity to function within The Florida Bar in harmony and in peace, but we have to look at our own souls and we have to purge those things out of them that we find to be unsatisfactory, even to ourselves,” Knox said.center_img May 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more