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Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute receives $8.9 million patient safety grant
Date:8/28/2012

their health care and for all of the moving parts of medical care to be integrated in a common sense way to reduce the risk of harm.

The 37-year-old property manager, like others with the genetic blood disease, experiences regular "pain crises," periods of pain so debilitating and intense they require narcotics, often in a hospital setting. She tells of a time when one such crisis sent her to a local emergency room in the middle of the night. While there, the physicians diagnosed a lung infection using X-ray imaging. Without telling her, the doctors immediately started treatment. Had they talked to her, they would have known that the shadow on her lung shown on the X-ray was instead scar tissue from an earlier case of pneumonia. But they didn't.

"What should have been a two-day hospital stay turned into two weeks because I wasn't consulted before being treated," she says. "The medical team's failure to ask questions inflated costs unnecessarily for me as well as my insurance company and caused me to lose more time away from my job."


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410-955-8665
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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