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The Connecticut Center for Patient Safety works in our communities, within our healthcare systems, and with elected officials to improve the quality of healthcare and to protect the rights of injured patients through education, accountability, and advocacy.

Officers & Directors

Gus Velez
President

John Torello
Vice President

Tanya Court
Treasurer, Secretary

Hope Kasper

Patrica Kelmar, Esq.

Rebecca Iannantuoni

Alan Manning

Jeanne Hamilton
President Emeritus

Jack Hickey-Williams
Honorary Board Member

Steve Govoni
Honorary Board Member

Jean Rexford
Senior Advisor

Lisa Freeman
Executive Director


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Health Care Blog

Connecticut needs transparency in health care
The current legislative session in Hartford holds promise for improving the safety and quality of he…
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Op-Ed: CT assembly should enact informed consent law for nursing home elders
When it comes to the use of antipsychotic drugs to address challenging behaviors presented by senior…
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Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate – True Story in the Emergency Room: The Emergency Room Dilemma
My friend and fellow advocate, Ilene Corina, wrote: “Just imagine walking into a supermarket a…
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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.