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Gus Velez - Guilford, CT

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Gus is a victim turned survivor of medical malpractice. His lifestyle involves working each day as an amputee and accepting the challenges that come with the territory. 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.

In addition, Gus has accomplished goals such as being the founding father of the CTCPS website. At the present time he is attending Quinnipiac University working towards his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Focus in Strategic Leadership in order to maximize his participation on the CTCPS board and its committees as well as to create a future for himself.


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Patient Engagement in Research: A Toolkit for Patient-Family Advisory Councils
From Planetree through a project that was funded by a Eugene Washington Engagement Award by the Pati…
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Case: Avoiding Cognitive Bias in Diagnosing Sepsis
September is Sepsis Awareness Month.  According to the Sepsis Alliance, it is also a leading cause o…
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Cultivating Empathy for Better Mental Health
Communication Matters  |  July 2017  |  Barbara Andrews and Elizabeth Morrison THE THICKET…
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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.