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NC Nurse Pulls Back The Curtain On Medical Errors

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Donna Helen Crisp has worked as a nurse in North Carolina for more than two decades. 

She thought she knew the healthcare system inside and out until one day she went in for a routine surgery, expecting only an overnight stay, and almost died from a chain of medical errors.

 

The incident set her on a journey to better understand the medical system and led her to discover that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, after heart disease and cancer.

She documents her findings and her story in the book “Anatomy of Medical Errors: The Patient In Room 2” (Sigma Theata Tau International/2016). Host Frank Stasio talks with Crisp, an Asheville-based nurse, about the failings of the system and what patients can do to advocate for themselves.​

 

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.