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Alan Manning - Milford, CT

Alan is deeply committed to the notion that patient safety is the foundation of all patient centered care initiatives. He believes we need to challenge the status quo of what it means to deliver safe and quality care by including patients in every aspect of their decision making. As the Chief Operating Officer at Planetree, Alan supports the advancement of an organization that has promoted patient centered care since 1979. Alan and his wife, Vickie, are also the co-founders of Kisses from Katie, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to “taking the edge off” for critically ill children, their families, and caregivers. The organization was founded in honor of Katie Manning, Alan and Vickie’s daughter, who was born with a rare congenital heart defect that ultimately led to her death. Alan is excited to help create positive change in healthcare.


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Becoming a More Empowered Patient

First, we have chosen to share a video by Consumer Health Choices: Talking With Your Doctor. In it you will see how preparing for you appointment can make a difference.

We have chosen a second video by the National Patient Safety Foundation: AskMe3, to share with you. Here, you learn that there are three important questions to ask your doctor whenever you see him or her.

Finally, we are sharing a series of videos by Dartmouth-Hitchcock:
Self-Advocacy: The Empowered Patient,
Self-Advocacy: Preparing for your Visit,
Self-Advocacy: Why It's Important To Share and
Self-Advocacy: Doing Research.

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5 Things to Know

  1. What you need to know in the Hospital
  2. 15 Steps You Can Take To Reduce Your Risk of a Hospital Infection
  3. Selecting Doctors & Hospitals
  4. What to do to avoid medication error
  5. AHRQ Director Helps Consumers Navigate the Health Care System in a New Advice Column on the Web

You've Suffered Medical Harm - Now What Do You Do?

According to a recent article published by ProPublica titled: So You’ve Become a Patient Safety Statistic – Now What? by Marshall Allen there are six things to do….

  1. Get a copy of medical records.
  2. Make sure the incident is reported internally.
  3. If the patient has died, order a forensic autopsy.
  4. Consider calling an attorney.
  5. Meet with the doctor and hospital officials.
  6. Report the incident to regulators, who can investigate.

For greater detail and more important information, please read the full article.