Category Archives: Newsroom

Let’s involve Connecticut patients in reducing medical errors

Lisa Freeman,  Connecticut Center for Patient Safety,  Executive Director March 13 through 18 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week. As I sit here, thinking of what to write, stories of the people who have reached out to the CT Center for Patient … Continue reading

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Number of hospital accidents not getting any better

Watch Jean Rexford’s  February 10th interview with Eric Parker,WFSB’s iTeam Investigative reporter. The discussion centered on the recently released CT Adverse Event report which addressed a total of 471 reports of adverse events in Connecticut 2014. Included are 15 wrong … Continue reading

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Can the state build a better system to get your medical records to your doctors?

With providers moving to electronic medical record systems, they often still don’t “talk” to each other. Just think how much safer your care could be if all of your providers could see the same complete data and know what each … Continue reading

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10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You…

Did you know that common objects like stethoscopes in a hospital can be contaminated with disease-causing germs?  Or that the best time to schedule surgery is during banking hours?  10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Hospital Infections by … Continue reading

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Hospital Reports Of Surgical, Medication Errors Climb

Connecticut Health I-Team By: Lisa Chedekel | 1/6/2015 |  Connecticut hospitals reported record numbers of patients killed or seriously injured by hospital errors in 2013, with large increases in the numbers of falls, medication mistakes and perforations during surgical procedures, … Continue reading

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The Right Exam, The Right Way, The Right Radiation Dose

Jean Rexford, along with Rosemary Gibson, Stephen Smith,  John Santa and other supporters of national  patient safety efforts,  are contributors to an article just published in the March, 2014 JournalPatientSafety.com: The Right Exam, The Right Way, The Right Radiation Dose … 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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Clean Sweep: Hospitals Bring Janitors to the Front Lines of Infection Control

Scientific American By Maryn McKenna   September 11, 2012  When hospitals want to make a name for themselves, they spend on reputations and technology—on the esteemed surgeon or the top-of-the-line gamma knife and the star radiologist to operate it. Such investments … Continue reading

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A Name Blacked Out, a Reputation at Risk

NY Times By BARRY MEIER  Published: November 26, 2012  –  Is covering a product’s name in a public document a sign that a company has something to hide? And how should doctors, patients and investors react if the product at issue … Continue reading

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Costly, Repeat Medical Testing Common for Medicare Patients: Study

November 19, 2012 By Steven Reinberg  HealthDay Reporter  MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — Many Medicare patients undergo some kind of repeat medical testing, a new study finds. But it’s unclear whether giving the same test twice protects recipients’ health … Continue reading

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