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Jim Kinsey

Jim Kinsey is the Vice President of Continuum of Care Services at Planetree International, a not-for-profit organization that provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create person-centered care in healing environments. Jim is a regular contributor to the Connecticut Patient Safety Newsletter and he has recently co-authored a chapter and served as an advisor for the book, Managing the Long-Term Care Facility: Practical Approaches to Providing Quality Care, (Perley editor).


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Early evidence indicates that COVID-19 is impacting communities of color at much higher rates than the population at large.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Website (https://www.nationalacademies.…
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COVID-19 Frequently asked questions answered
The New York Times | The Coronavirus Outbreak  |  July 8, 2020 Frequently Asked Questions …
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Staying Active While Social Distancing: Questions and Answers
During our new way of life, as we deal with the novel coronavirus, it is quite important that we rem…
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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.