Dr. Eduardo Mendez, a UW Medicine surgical oncologist and Fred Hutch researcher known for extraordinary talent and compassion with patients, died Jan. 5 with family at his side. He was 45 and had battled cancer himself for two years.
Every year, medical errors cause an estimated 250,000 inpatient deaths in the United States, and communications failures during patient handoffs are a root cause for one-third of them, say medical governing bodies such as the Joint Commission.
This World’s AIDS Day marks great progress in King County and Washington state. The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest level since 1998 and at the lowest level in Washington state since 1985, new data indicates.