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Category Archives: Patient Safety Activism

Connecticut needs transparency in health care

The current legislative session in Hartford holds promise for improving the safety and quality of health care in Connecticut. There are a number of bipartisan bills introduced by Senator Looney and Senator Fasano, as well as other Senators that call … Continue reading

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Op-Ed: CT assembly should enact informed consent law for nursing home elders

When it comes to the use of antipsychotic drugs to address challenging behaviors presented by seniors with dementia, CT exceeded one goal for reduction of use, but still ranks last in New England and 34th in the nation for the use of antipsychotic … Continue reading

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Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate – True Story in the Emergency Room: The Emergency Room Dilemma

My friend and fellow advocate, Ilene Corina, wrote: “Just imagine walking into a supermarket and the carts are all sitting in the aisles so scattered you can barely get through. Cans and boxes of food are mixed up and piled … Continue reading

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A Call to Action: It’s Time to Break Another Glass Ceiling

Patient-Centered Care involves healthcare systems embracing a culture and a philosophy that includes and considers patient’s perspectives in everything that they do.  I recently wrote an article for Planetree’s Planetalk publication titled: A Call to Action: It’s Time to Break … Continue reading

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

NPR  by Leana Wen  August 17, 2014  –  The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about her abdominal pain when she posed a question I’d never … Continue reading

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Courage to Bring Change

The other day, I visited Arlington National Cemetery.  There are rows and rows of white tombstones, 400,000 graves in all.  It’s daunting.  From atop the hill at Arlington House, in almost every direction, the endless rows of white can be … Continue reading

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Patient Safety Week 2014 – CTCPS highlights Antibiotics and their Overuse

It is Patient Safety Week, and we would like to highlight a medical concern that we are actively working on:  Infections and the overuse of antibiotics. According to the CDC, “every day, about 1 in every 20 hospitalized patients has … Continue reading

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Reducing medical errors will require better reporting tools, engaged patients and – you guessed it – culture change

MedCityNews.com  September 27, 2013 8:30 am by Deanna  Pogorelc  –  “Culture change.” Those words just keep coming up again and again in talk  about what’s needed to reduce  healthcare costs, to  make better use of health information technology, and in … Continue reading

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How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

by Marshall Allen ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 a.m. It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous … Continue reading

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‘Top’ hospitals aren’t always tops, new report finds

Maggie Fox  NBC News  July 31, 2013    The top hospitals don’t always live up to their reputations when it comes to handling surgery, according to a new report released on Wednesday.  Consumer Reports used newly available federal government data to look at … Continue reading

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