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Gus Velez - Guilford, CT

Immediate Past President, Director

Gus is a survivor of medical malpractice. His lifestyle involves working each day as an amputee and accepting the challenges that comes with that. Overcoming what he can and doing as much as he can with the life he has been given, he has kept his family values in place by getting married and creating a family with the support of his wife and two daughters.


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Primary Care is Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Dissemination but is Left Out So Far
Vaccine Rollout Offers Hope, But Primary Care’s Capacity is Compromised                             …
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Some reliable resources about who should get the COVID-19 vaccine and what to consider
Whether or not you, as an individual, should get the COVID-19 vaccine should be a decision made on a…
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Bleed Out, the HBO Movie of a family’s experience with Medical Malpractice
Bleed Out – an HBO Film   ¡Película ahora en inglés y español! Medical error is the third lead…
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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.

For the complete story, please click here

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.