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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

Patrica Kelmar, Esq.
Vice President

Tanya Court
Treasurer, Secretary

Hope Kasper

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

Can the state build a better system to get your medical records to your doctors?
With providers moving to electronic medical record systems, they often still don’t “talk…
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Admitted to Your Bedroom: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home
In response for the call to reduce the costs associated with health care, hospitals are trying new w…
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Nearly 9 in 10 US adults now have health insurance
The ACA is accomplishing one of its goals: to see all Americans covered by health insurance. It is a…
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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.