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Karen is a reknown healthcare advocate and founder of www.CampaignZERO.org where patients and families learn how to get safe, quality healthcare, especially in a hospital. CampaignZERO is the result of numerous years of analysis and research in preventable medical errors, strained healthcare systems and patient advocacy campaigns. CampaignZERO offers simple explanations about how common hospital hazards occur and easy checklists to help families safeguard their loved one's care.

Ms. Curtiss is also a budding author, having penned a manuscript, Someone With You: Navigating the Healthcare World for Someone You Love, for publication. Karen is deeply concerned for patients when there is a language barrier so she and HS News are collaborating to create CampaignZERO en español.

Blog Entries by Karen Curtiss

Guatemalan National Police Accused of Demanding Money from Migrants

Three agents of Guatemala's PNC national police were arrested after they demanded money from a family of Honduran migrants, authorities said Monday. continue reading »

Talking Turkey in Peru

The holidays have arrived here in the U.S., and that means a lot of turkey has and will be served up in the coming weeks. The same holds true for a lot of nations, including Perú, which will consume two million turkeys during the holidays, its Agriculture Ministry said. continue reading »

Blackberry Closer to Final ¡Adios! As It Drops Sales Bid, Replaces CEO

Struggling Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry Ltd. said Monday it was scrapping a plan to sell itself, would replace its CEO and was receiving a cash infusion of $1 billion from its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial. continue reading »

Latino Blotter:  Meth Dealer Texts Drug Buy Message to Narcotics Officer by Mistake

Reymundo Carlos Escobedo and John Martin Silvera of Santa Maria, California have been arrested for narcotics trafficking after sending a text message to a local police officer by mistake. continue reading »

Chavez Skips Out on Summit of Americas, In Cuba for More Cancer Treatments

Cuban media reported on Sunday that Chavez had returned to the island, where he was greeted by the country's first vice president, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, in contrast to earlier occasions on which President Raul Castro had awaited him on the tarmac of the Jose Marti international airport. continue reading »

Falls and Fractures

It’s hard to believe a patient can fall while in a calm, quiet place for rest, but certain medical conditions and most hospital environments are, unfortunately, conducive to falls. continue reading »

C. diff

Considered an epidemic, with significant increases in the last several years, C. diff is a hospital-acquired infection which affects 500,000 patients and causes 17,500 deaths every year continue reading »

Blood Clots

Blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), afflict more than 40,000 Americans every year. Hospitalized patients are especially vulnerable to blood clots because they are exposed to prolonged bed rest and more likely to have experienced a recent heart attack, childbirth obloodclotsr trauma to the lower body. continue reading »

Bed Sores

Bed sores, also known as pressure wounds or ulcers, are caused by constant pressure or friction on skin, especially in bony areas that normally have limited circulation. continue reading »


Most cases of pneumonia developed in the hospital are among patients dependent on supplemental oxygen, delivered by ventilator tubing which becomes contaminated with bacteria — this type is commonly known… continue reading »

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection among patients in the United States, accounting for 40% of all such infections. continue reading »

Surgery Errors

One study estimates between 1,300 and 2,700 wrong-side/wrong-site, wrong-procedure/wrong-patient events (WSPEs) occur in U.S. hospitals every year. Why do they happen? Two patients with the same name can be mistaken for one another. continue reading »

Medication Errors

Medication errors are some of the most common adverse events to occur in hospitals. The Institute of Medicine estimates preventable medication errors cause 7,000 deaths every year in hospitals, with tens of thousands more happening in outpatient facilities and pharmacies. continue reading »

Staph Infections

The most common hospital-acquired infection is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, pronounced “mur-SAH”). Commonly known as a “staph infection,” MRSA has ballooned from 2,000 reported cases in 1993 to 880,000 in 2007, about 2.5% of all hospitalized patients. continue reading »