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It is up to us – the growning patient safety movement

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. When the Institute of Medicine published its landmark study “To Err Is Human” a decade ago, pointing out the ubiquitous problem of medical errors in the U.S., the press yawned. Since then, though, a grassroots patient safety movement has blossomed, and the media’s interest has grown along with it. More journalists are using data and old-fashioned shoe leather reporting to dig into what’s killing Americans in places that are supposed to make them well Continue reading

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everything you need to know about hand hygiene

This is an amazing resource.  But what we have to figure out is how to get everyone to follow basic rules about clean hands.  http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/index.html There is no issue that has effected more members of the CT Center for Patient … Continue reading

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Health care has no intrinsic value at all, none. Health does.

This is an amazingly wonderful and insightful quote.  Don Berwick, for twentyone years has thoughtfully led with integrity and compassion.  I can imagine now his confimation hearings at which those with no heart will accuse him or rationing and “death … Continue reading

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learning to say NO NO NO

This is just a great article that addresses one of our increasing concerns – inappropriate care and over use.  I am much more suspicious than the journalists.  I love the way doctors say they over prescribe because they are afraid … Continue reading

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Press conference March 1, 2010

At 11 am we kick off a public health hearing with a press conference with the Attorney General.  We are offering simple solutions to complex problems. Restricting pharmaceutical gifts to healthcare providers and requiring disclosure of all payments over $1,000 … Continue reading

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Medical errors – Third largest cause of death in the United States

The investigation found that nearly 9 percent, or 700 surgeons, admitted to having made a major mistake within the previous three months. Continue reading

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Ten Years too Late

New York Times has a great article on the use of chloratxidine. It is infuriating how many studies and how much harm before simple and imporant practices are implemented CDC ten years ago recommended the use of this soap but … Continue reading

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One Person is One Too Many

Recently the transcrpts of Cardinal Egan’s depositions on the sexual abuse of parishoners  have been made public.  While being deposed, he talked about the statistical insignificance of the numbers of people who had been abused.  I immediately thought about what … Continue reading

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Gus Velez

I write you today because in 2002 I was a young man with a promising future as a financial analyst and an upcoming marriage. Then I was dealt a terrible blow that will change my entire life. I had an … Continue reading

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January 5 2009 Newsletter

Link to 1/5/2009 Newsletter

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