PULSE OF AMERICA
We are here for you........

PULSE is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to help people recover the consequences of medical error and  improve patient safety by reducing the rate of  medical errors through storytelling. . Survivors of medical errors are encouraged to use their experience to educate their own communities and advocate for a safer healthcare system.

PULSE is dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and reducing medical errors through advocacy, education and support.   

South Carolina

Delaware, Maryland and Virginia
PULSE OF DELMARVA


What We Do....


We Offer:


Support

  • PULSE Offers support, counseling and friendship
  • PULSE Does not use the names of facilities or healthcare providers publicly
  • PULSE Does not give legal or medical advice or referrals
  • PULSE Only gives public statements to the press that adheres to our mission

PULSE Participants do not share information discussed at meetings with non-participants

Education

PULSE teaches patients/families how to protect themselves from avoidable adverse outcomes in healthcare. The most important way to do this is to talk. Communications between patient, doctor, nurse, and other health care workers.

  • PULSE provides encouragement to ask questions
  • PULSE encourages patients and families to make decisions about health care as a team with all providers

Advocacy

PULSE encourages partnering with all providers and complete teamwork. It is important for patients to be fully engaged in order to help reduce the chance of an unexpected outcome. It is important for providers to communicate with one another regularly about the patient. Most bad outcomes result from problems created by today's complex health care system. But bad outcomes also happen when doctors and their patients have problems communicating. Uninvolved and uninformed patients are less likely to do what they need to do to make the treatment work. We urge you to take a stand, be informed.

PULSE MISSION STATEMENT

PULSE is dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety and reducing medical errors through advocacy, education, and support. We work to empower patients and their families to make informed decisions, increase effective communication and respect between healthcare providers and clients, and create community partnerships that will foster and ultimately lead to safer healthcare environments.

We:

·         Provide support to patients and families who have experienced medical errors or adverse events as they seek closure

·         Assist in reducing misunderstandings between patients and healthcare providers

·        Educate the community about quality healthcare practice so they may become knowledgeable, confident, and active participants in their health care experience.

  • Provide a platform for effective communication and working partnerships whereby the community works with healthcare providers and institutions to proactively contribute to and advocate for safe quality care
  Speakers:

For information on obtaining a speaker, please call 719-250-1286 or email jenatpulse@yahoo.com PULSE PHOTOS
 
PHASES OF GRIEVING FOR MEDICAL ERROR VICTIMS

 Medical error victims grieve differently because a breach of trust has ensued.  There is no book out there to date for bereavement that compares to the exact science of grieving by victims of medical error, nor a specific timeline as it is a "forever" process one has difficulty putting into words because each victim's circumstances are different. It’s not just a matter of grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s about grief in general when a loved one is harmed by medical error, is dismissed and left to pick up the pieces of their lives alone without the support of others who've gone through it because of lack of disclosure, informed consent, accountability, etc., whether that consists of maiming, prescribed the wrong medication or blood, being denied correct treatment or performing what was considered a routine procedure with a positive outcome correctly and the list goes on.  We grieve tremendous loss, period.  Below outlines the grieving process for us who've been harmed in one way or another by medical error.  Explain in detail the process of each phase and how it pertains to you.  Sample responses have been supplied to get you started.  Just replace the content with your own and remove (cut out) content in the areas that you’ve not completed or yet reached.

 Here's my personal experience when it comes to medical error:

 Losing a Child to medical error (replace with your own adverse outcome) - Losing a child is one thing, but when one finds out it could have all been prevented with a simple form of treatment or routine procedure done countless of times with a positive outcome, it's a completely different process and story. Below lists the phases of grieving I went through as a result of medical error:

 Shock and Denial - I knew there was something terribly wrong with my child the minute he arrived in this world and could not believe the hospital would have allowed this to occur.  I trusted them to do what was in my child’s and my best interest when harm ensued.  I sought answers as to why my child was in the condition he was delivered, after I had felt him move inside me only hours before, that prior tests performed had proved he was perfectly fine.  I asked the nurses, other neonatal doctors, even my own doctor in charge of our care at this hospital and not one would give me a direct answer.  All the answers were different.  When my ob/gyn told me, "If you ever get pregnant in the state of Indiana again, I'd rather not sit with you", I definitely knew a problem far greater than what was admitted existed.  Mind you, had he been sitting with me rather than off hospital grounds, this may very well have had a better outcome. 

 I was told by others in the healthcare industry who weren’t in charge of my child's and my care that I'd have to file a claim in a timely manner in order to gain the knowledge I sought.  I was fortunate to find an attorney who was willing to pursue my claim.  I had no idea how hard it was for others in my situation to find that type of assistance until years later when talking with them, so in the meantime, since my son was still alive at the time, I was able to concentrate on how to care for him.  It took every bit of strength I had and more because I was trying to recover from labor and delivery as well.  I had lost quite a bit of blood after my son was born and was on medication that made me puffy all over and the swelling from that made it difficult for me to walk, on top of the radical episiotomy that was performed.  So all in all, I was in a state of physical shock as well as emotional shock and thought it was just a nightmare that I would soon wake from and all would be ok.  Boy was that an understatement!

 Anticipatory grief (in my particular case) - Watching my son suffer before my eyes was even more painful for me than if he had died following his delivery.  The hospital I delivered him at waited 24 hours before they transferred him to the Children's Hospital (which later my perception after reading nurses notes was that they'd hoped he would die there instead of having to transfer him to avoid incrimination and liability).  I knew my son was in worse shape than they let on when the hospital I delivered him at didn't have the facilities to care for him.  All his organs had backed up due to the lack of oxygen in-utero.  He had to be intebated for 20 minutes after his birth until he could breathe on his own and later had to be placed on a ventilator to aid him in breathing while they got his blood pressure and heart rate to calm down.  He started having seizures that the doctors couldn't even identify, so he was placed on several types of seizure medication too.  His kidneys had begun to shut down so they were having to administer meds for that. 

 A month and a ½ later came the news no one parent wants to hear.  After my son had gone through the first bout of meningitis on top of his severe brain damage, the doctors at the Children’s Hospital said that prognosis was not good.  It would take a miracle for him to live more than four months, six at the most, so they requested we sign a DNR letter since we were taking him off hospital grounds and home with us.  They explained that if he would die, it wouldn't be due to his heart giving out alone, but because his brain was slowly deteriorating and not getting the nourishment it needed to survive due to the extensive damage that had occurred...the brain was shrinking.  Already we could see the skull platelets showing through.  Since my son was no longer in need of a ventilator to breathe and the only maintenance required was his feeding tube, we were able to take him home.   But we were unable to keep him home for long the first time – he’d been 2 ½ months old then.  He was back in the hospital 3 days after we brought him home. He had succumbed to a second bout of meningitis.  They finally found the source of where this bout was being contained.  Rather than just in the spine, they found it in the ventricles of his brain that had previously gone undetected, so they had to insert a huge needle after anesthetizing him with a local anesthesia in order to remove the one and a half ounce of fluid that had built up.  More damage was occurring with this bout to a brain that had already been deprived of oxygen during his delivery and subsequently from the first bout of bacterial meningitis that had initially entered through his left ear in the hospital.  After 21 more days in isolation and administering of the required antibiotics, they were able to clear up this bout and we were able to take him home again.  While at home, he somehow contracted RSV pneumonia due to his diminished immune system, so twelve days after he had been home again, we had to take him to another hospital.  This time I took him to a closer one because I had the beginnings of strep-throat at the time and a high fever, so there just was no way I could make it to the Children's hospital by myself as it had been a 45 minute drive from our home as opposed to the ten minute drive to our local hospital.  I didn't even think I could make it to the doctor's office when I noticed Kyle's harsher than usual breathing pattern.  I had to call my husband from the doctor's office to meet us at the hospital. After he arrived, the pediatrician said my husband needed to take me home, away from all the other children, including my own.  It about broke my heart to have to leave Kyle there and be separated from him once more.  But I had to get well so that I could take better care of him with the time remaining that he may or may not have had.  It was little time I had left in which to stay away long, so I was given a high dose of antibiotics, which under other circumstances my doctor would not have advised prescribing.  But under the circumstances in my case, he seemed to think they would help speed my recovery knowing the time constraints I was under.  After spending ten more days in a hospital the doctors requested that we take him home where he was most comfortable as there was nothing more they could do for him.  He passed away quietly in his crib two days later.

 Anguish - The clarity of this didn't transpire until I found out through litigation that the process and end result could have all been prevented had the doctor scheduled a c-section within my ninth month of pregnancy rather than let me overdue another three and a half weeks, even when he had the results from a pelvimetry I’d demanded be taken to ensure I’d have a successful vaginal delivery.   The results from that procedure that had been performed a month prior to his birth clearly showed that my pelvis did not have adequate room to deliver him without harm to him and myself, if the baby were to remain in my uterus for very much longer, which would have raised a red flag to most obstetricians not to let me overdue as I'd previously had with my daughter who'd been taken emergency c-section due to her size.  Performing a V-BAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) clearly states that as one of the proponents a doctor should have prevented from occurring, especially knowing the second child was clearly going to be larger than my previous one was, which earlier tests had revealed he more than likely would be four months before his birth.

 Anger - That came after finding out everything could have been prevented and later left having to find ways of directing this anger in a positive way than taking the law into my own hands. Anger can consume you if you don’t find a positive outlet for it.  I certainly had no desire to spend the rest of my life in prison for something that the doctor and hospital caused in the first place.  

 Losing a child can either make or break a marriage despite medical error being involved, but the one thing my husband and I did was make a pact at the early stage of this journey and that was "They destroyed one precious thing in our lives, let's not let them destroy another" and that was our marriage.  We chose not to play the “blame” game or “what ifs”, but rather what was and where the blame belonged.  I made my husband promise me to never give up on me, which would break my heart all over again. He kept his promise!  Medical error not only impacted my son, husband and myself, but also the family’s structure.  My living child, siblings and parents also suffered, knowing this should never have happened to us with the technology that was currently in place to prevent it.  Just living day to day was difficult for all of us.  Going through the process of litigation for me delayed the grieving process, as it had become a constant reminder of that traumatic day it all ensued and what my husband and I were left with in the aftermath to handle emotionally ourselves.  Not to mention what it took to care for my brain-damaged child up until his death.

Caring for my living daughter was emotionally shattering for me and I had to make sure her needs were taken care of, sometimes I had to place her into the care of others when I was unable to do so myself.  I became somewhat alienated from my family and friends when I hadn’t shown signs of recovering in the timeline they were demanding this to occur.

 My daughter who was three at the time was left wondering what her brother would have been like had he not been born so sick.  Later when she entered her teen years, she blamed my grief over his loss as a reason I did not give her the time she should have gotten with me and used that as emotional blackmail - as reason enough why our relationship was different from other mother-daughter relationships.  In other words, she’d felt feelings of abandonment even when I was there physically.  I’d jotted it down to as a ploy all teens use when they don’t get their way, rather than taking steps to validating those feelings of hers.  But it also urged me to seek counseling for her as opposed to when she was younger.  After several counseling sessions, the psychologist revealed her opinion to be that our daughter was using my grief as an obstacle to getting to know me then, when I was fully functioning both emotionally and mentally, and that only she had the power to change it.  In other words, she was holding a grudge, which the counselor stated would hurt her more in the long run than the one she held the grudge against.  She told us to keep continuing what we were doing – keeping the lines of communication open at all times.  I never stopped.  It is just recently that she has begun to slowly come to terms with her feelings towards me and start anew now rather than try to make up for all those years we lost – during her teen years.  I’m just angry that the reasons she’d used had even perpetuated that cause to come between us, which kept us somewhat at an emotional distance.

 Despair - Came when I could not seek out others having gone through a similar situation as I had (there was no internet communications in place until several years later - 1998) because accountability was non-existent.  Because I was allergic to most prescription drugs, I could not take anything for the depression I found myself having trouble rising above for a good five years.  And counseling wasn't an option for me because once they found out where the depression stemmed, they denied any group therapy outside of prescribing drugs. In other words, they wanted to shut me up.  I was left with nothing but time to get over the rawness of the emotional pain and anger I was inflicted with. The impact of medical error doesn't just involve the victim, but the whole foundation of the family structure is impacted as well, but with my determination and strong faith, we were able to eventually rebuild it to the level it should have been before all that had taken place - not an easy fete whatsoever, but the dynamics by that time were different because we couldn't ever make long-range plans.  We had to live each day anticipating that this could happen again if we went back into the belief that we would be safe in a hospital, but only if we didn't take anything for granted and took matters into our own hands if the situation called for it.  We’ll never trust another physician or hospital that we place our lives with implicitly.  We had to develop our own ways of communicating with them rather than trust them to do what was right when the situation called for it.  I found that it was not uncommon for unsafe medical practices to occur more than once in a family, which is what happened to our family again.  But that time had a positive outcome because of the steps I took to ensure it when my husband was misdiagnosed with a ruptured appendix, even when his results proved otherwise. We'd gone directly to the hospital when the onset occurred but they'd released him per bedside doctor's orders with a diagnosis of adonitis and a prescription for cramping.  A test hadn't been performed until eight days later that showed a huge mass in his abdomen.  They had to then perform exploratory surgery to find out what it could be. The result was a ruptured appendix as we’d earlier surmised.  I'd read up on what an appendectomy required and when I saw that my husband didn't have drainage tubes in place as was the norm whenever infection is present, I decided to give the doctor and staff the silent treatment as had become the norm in our family by calling in an outside specialist who facilitated in my husband getting a second surgery to put them into place or the result would be death.  The surgeon was not happy at all about my silent intervention. Isn't that a pity! The specialist also made sure he was present during the surgery so no further harm would come to my husband as the angry doctor could very well have proceeded in doing.   

Resolution - No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a life.  And in Indiana, with a cap placed on malpractice cases, the amount they suggested was like a slap in the face, especially when it would not result in preventing the doctor from harming again. When I'd first asked the attorneys if my claim would ensure this, their response was, "We're not here to put a doctor out of practice.  We're here to compensate you for your loss!" Some compensation!  Resolution never came in preventing another death at the hands of both this doctor and hospital until 1998, when the doctor’s hospital priviledges were revoked, but he could still practice gynecology in his clinic, although he had to refer his patients to other specialists when the need called for it.  By the year 2000, though, even with all the claims this doctor had against him, the state remained ignorant of this doctor's negligence and allowed him to slip through the cracks of the system – the doctor had supplied false evidence on his renewal applications.  It wasn't until one of his last victims pursued doing an article with Forbes Magazine that the state took action against him. The result was revocation of his license.  As the saying goes, "what goes around, comes around". Just in my case the journey took longer than anticipated. My heart went/goes out to all those mothers, babies and women who'd been harmed throughout all those years following my son's death, some we're not aware of because no claims had ever been filed and that was the only measure of statistics lawyers could go by.

 Closure - This came when the doctor's license was revoked in February, 2000, ten years after I'd filed my claim, four years after out-of-court settlement of my claim commenced after having gone through two appellate courts and then the state supreme court in my favor. I never went into litigation for the money, just answers to so many questions that the doctors and hospital refused to answer or gave round-about answers that didn't fit the situation at all. I went into it wanting to stop him from harming another woman and child.

 
By Joni Anderson
PULSE of Delmarva
copyright 2001

 

 

Welcome to a Free Patient Safety Course, Created and Developed by Patient Safety Leader and PULSE member Dr. William Wright.  
This Course is registered as Public Domain and not to be altered, sold or used in any way for the profit of individuals or institutions. 

VERSI
ON # 073006
“Surviving Your Healthcare Experience”
(An Introduction to Patient Safety)
SESSION PLANS - 2006-07
Curriculum Designed by William C.Wright, EdD. in
collaboration with Peter F. Libby, RN and Anne W. Ryan,
RN, MSN, MPH. To be offered at Chesapeake College,
Wye Mills, Maryland.
(Bill Wright's email address: justapatient@verizon.net)
Course Description: A course to introduce and engage
members of the general public and volunteer advocates in
the issues and techniques of advancing patient safety for
themselves, their families and friends. Students can learn
successful measures which they can use to assess and
reduce the risks of avoidable medical errors in their homes,
in the hospital and other healthcare settings. Students will
become familiar with rudimentary research skills and
finding available internet and library resources that will
help them make safer healthcare decisions.
Course Objectives:
( 1.) To inform potential patients of the primary survival
skills in safe healthcare practices. ( 2. ) To furnish patients
with the knowledge of the application of safety skills in
their personal exposure to medical treatment. ( 3.) To
train patients to utilize all available resources in their safe
healthcare. ( 4.) To empower patients to make and
assert safer healthcare decisions.
SESSION - BY - SESSION PLAN
"Surviving Your Healthcare Experience"
Session #1 “To safer healthcare for all”
Introductions: The Instructor and Collaborators. Bill
Wright,
Peter Libby and Anne Ryan. “Why we’re here.”
Student Self-Introductions: “Who you are”. “Any personal
or family medical episodes” (One minute each, please) and
. “Why THIS course?”
Why this course is being OFFERED - Some thoughts by
Bill Wright
How are we going to do this together? Trace the sessionby-
session plan.
Pause for Q & A
[Standard Exactly 7 minute “Break”]
(All classroom instructions preceded by the term
“Standard”
shall apply to ALL class sessions during the term)
National Error Episodes: Betsy Lehman, Josie King,
Maryland News Report and introduction to Pamela Gallin’s
“story” from our textbook: How to Survive Your Doctor’s
Care. Followed by a quick reprise of her book
.
Capsule of American Issues and the Global Challenge: “To
Err is Human” (1999 IOM Report), results of IHI’s 100K
Campaign, and “A Global Challenge”
Page 2
Reading Assignment for next week: Chapters 1 and 2 in
Dr.
Gallin’s book
Standard weekly Housekeeping Bulletins.
STANDARD QUESTION AND ANSWER
PERIOD
FROM MEMBERS OF THE CLASS
Go to lunch and eat safely!
Session # 2 “What’s the Problem?”
Greetings and quick Q & A and updates.
Making your best decisions on "Choosing A
Hospital"
[Standard 7 Minute Break]
The "Joint Commission for Accrediting
Healthcare
(JCAHO)", or often called “Jayco".
JCAHO's Mission
JCAHO's "Speak Up Program"
JCAHO’s 2007 National Patient Safety Goals
For Hospitals, 10 National Goals and “UP1"
Assignment: Read Gallin’s Chapter 3, “Getting
the Best from Your Primary Care Doctor”. Got
one? -
Get all his/her contact phone numbers, incl.
Cell
Phone and Pager. Don’t have one? Start
process
to find one. Complete Process prior to Session
#4.
SESSION #3 “How Bad Can it Get?”
Greetings, quick Q & A, and updates
REVIEW OF JCAHO’S
“Reported Sentinel Event Statistics: as of December 31.
2005"
“What’s a ‘Sentinel Event’ ?”
Class Discussion.......
Mission of the AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE
RESEARCH
AND QUALITY (AHRQ), a federal agency under Health
and Human Services
Review of the “30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care”
as
formulated by the AHRQ in March 2005.
#1 - Creating a Culture of Safety
[Standard 7 minute Break]
Review of some terms used in Patient Safety.
Complete review of “Safe Practices”
[Distibution of “My Personal Medical Journal” by NPSF]]
Quick Review of personal data collection.
ASSIGNMENT: Complete as much of "MPMJ" as
possible.
AND read Gallin’s Chapter 11, “The Patient Advocate”
SESSION #4 “My doctor will keep me
safe, right?”
Reviewing the role of the “Primary Care Physician”
1. As the “docs” put it.
2. As you know it - a patient’s view, yours.
Reviewing the role of the "Patient Advocate”
What you can do for a loved one.
[Standard 7 minute Break]
The Concept and Role of a “Healthcare Navigator”
Getting a ‘second opinion’.
[Distribute copies of “Patient’s Bedside Journal” (PBJ)]
ASSIGNMENT: Insert permanent personal data in ink
and
dynamic information in pencil. Scan the pages of the
PBJ. Write down your questions for next class.
SESSION #5 “What the Heck are
‘Shiftees’ ?”
Applications and Utility of the “Patient’s
Bedside Journal”
THE BEDSIDE JOURNAL
Students quiz the Editor and the Instructor
[Standard 7 minute break]
Experts quiz the students. “How will the
“Patient’s Bedside Journal” help prevent
medical errors
[Distribute “Resources for Medical Institutions,
Clinicians and Health Care Consumers”]
ASSIGNMENT: Scan your “Resources” index.
Then try to find one solid factual explanation
of a medical condition.
SESSION #6 “What did you find out?”
[EXPLORING RELIABLE SOURCES OF
INFORMATION]
Utilizing available, reliable resources and
studies about doctors, hospitals, clinics and
nursing homes. Vetting these studies.
Finding online and telephone sources of relevant
information about local hospitals, physicians
and medical specialists, including ratings and
rankings.
Using the Web and the Internet to learn more
about your physical symptoms, problems,
diseases and treatments.
[Standard 7 minute Break]
Availability of medical records, laboratory tests,
imaging reports and xrays, and treatment plans.
HIPAA and your legal rights to access records.
Legal Implications and Advance Directives:
Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, and "Do No
Resuscitate" (DNR) orders
Other "End-of-Life" issues.
Assignment: Compose or find a funny joke
about being to the hospital or going to Heaven.
SESSION #7 “What do I do
now?”
Let's Hear a few jokes about hospitals
or going to Heaven! Instructor starts
first.
This Session: "Making Safer
Healthcare Decisions."
Your role in being a participating member of
your healthcare team.
What is the nature of the human relationship
between you and your attending
physician/surgeon?
Does he/she consider you a “contributing
member” of your treatment.
YOUR PATIENT RIGHTS As stated in your
state,
professional, national, and international
statements.
[Standard 7 minute Break]
If you’re a victim of medical mistakes, then
what?
Bill Wright’s “Seven Percent Solution”
Analysis of facts and better skills in
communication and critical decision-making.
ASSIGNMENT FOR LAST CLASS: Prepare
written answers to the 3 questions as proposed
in Session #8 about your personal safety as a
patient. (One paragraph per question, please.)
SESSION #8
“There’s just you and me, Kid”
CARING FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS
Round-Robin Discussion of the three
questions:
1. What can I do now to make my hospital
experience safe?
2. What’s the first thing I would do when my
Best Friend is admitted to the hospital
3. How am I better equipped now to have a
safer healthcare experience in the
future?
[Last Standard 7 minute Break]
Just a few reminders:
“PATIENT EXPECTATIONS” 100% OF THE
TIME’ - James Conway, IHI and Harvard
"MAKING AMENDS" - Bill Wright
Closing Comments: Spreading the "word" about
Patient Safety.
Special Awards
Thanks for you attention. May your healthcare
always be safe and may ALL your expectations
in life turn out just the way you wanted them to.

LINKS PAGE


PULSE of America

Health Care For All Colorado

Healthcare-Now

Health Care for All NOW

Maureens Mission

Mothers Against Medical Errors

Colorado Citizens for Accountability

Alicia Cole .Com

Repubicians for Single Payer

Nine-Nine-Oh-Nine!

PULSE OF DELMARVA

PULSE OF CALIFORNIA

PULSE NORTHWEST WASHINGTON OREGON

PULSE OF FLORIDA

 

News Articles
In Hospital Deaths from Medical Errors at 195,000 per Year USA
Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million People Annually (IOM-Nat'l Academies, July '06)
Q: What Scares Doctors? A: Being the Patient (TIME.com, May 1, 2006)
When Doctors Say, "We're Sorry"(TIME.com)
10 ways to avoid outrageous hospital overcharges (MSN Money)
AARP - Fatal Mistakes (November 2004)
Dangers of Mixing Medications
Eight herbal medications pose potential dangers in surgical patients - Discontinuation Before Surgery Needed
Talking to Your Doctor-Medical Tests
Washington Monthly - Malpractice Makes Perfect
Program Coaxes Hospitals to See Treatments Under Their Noses (NY Times, 12/25/04)

Helpful Links
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
ahrq.gov/qual/errback.htm
American Iatrogenic Association
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Drug Safety
Center for Justice & Democracy
Center for Medical Consumers

DiagKNOWsis
Drug Interactions
FamilyDoctor.org - Health Information for the Whole Family
Federation of State Medical Boards
Food and Drug Administration
Government Guide
Health Care Choices
HealthGrades
HealthNewsReview.org
Institute for Family-Centered Care
Institute for Healthcare Improvement IHI
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Joint Commission
Lab Tests Online
Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety
Mayo Clinic - Medical Information and Tools for Healthy Living
Medline Plus Health Information
MedQIC - Medicare Quality Improvement Community
National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
National Center for Patient Safety
National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
National EmpowermenCenter
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
National Patient Safety Foundation
National Quality Forum - NQF
Opensecrets.org
Patient Safety Institute
Public Records Data Base
Radiology Info
Safetyleaders.org
sorryworks.net
WebMD - Better Information. Better Health.
World Health Organization

Other
Ask a Patient
Breast Site
Consumers Advancing Patient Safety

Consumer Justice Group
Families USA
Hospice Patient Alliance
Health Plan Navigator
Herbalgram.org
Maureen's Mission
Patient Advocate Foundation
People's Medical Society
Right to Know
Save The Patient
http://www.surgicalfire.org/

Voice4Patients

Mothers Against Medical Abuse

Mothers Against Medical Errors

Defective Drugs

 


 

Fighting Infections
Consumers Union
Hand Hygiene Reports and Hand Hygiene Education
Henry The Hand
Resources and information to reduce hospital infections

RID Reduce Infection Deaths

Alicia Cole .Com
Safe Care Campaign

 

Complaints
CMS Quality Improvement Organizations Regional Guide
CMS Mediation
Directory of State Medical Boards

In Your Area

California Healthcare Foundation
California Patient's Guide
Colorado Citizens for Accountability
Colorado Patient Safety Coaliton
CT Center for Patient Safety
Florida Patient Safety Corporation
Illinois FAIR - Families Advocating Injury Reduction
Illinois Patient Safety Organization
Texas Patient Safety Organization
NC Health Access Coalition
Massachusetts MITSS
NC Health Access Coalition
Oklahoma Center for Patient Safety
Patients Association UK
Patients Rights Israel
PULSEAmerica.org
PULSE of NY
PULSE of PA
PULSE OF DELMARVA
PULSE OF CALIFORNIA
PULSE NORTHWEST WASHINGTON OREGON
PULSE OF FLORIDA

Texas Advocates
Wisconsin: The Center for Patient Partnerships

 

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Courthouse Lookup

It isessential that you find out if the physicians you are interested in have had any lawsuits filed against them. After you search our database, follow these step-by-step
instructions:

1. Go the the Judicial Building of the County that the physician practices in.

2. Go to the District Court Clerks Office.

3. Ask the clerk for all civil cases filed against the physician in question. You are permitted to
view these cases in Colorado.

4. Once you have the file, go to the very bottom of the first folder in the case.

5. Look for a document in there named Complaint. Read it, this is the initial complaint filed against the physician with the court. This document will tell the plaintiffs side of the case.

6. Now read the document, Answer from the defendant. It is usually right above the compliant. Here you will see the defendants side of the case. After reading both of
these documents, no matter what the outcome, you will probably be able to decide whether or not you want employ the services of this physician.

7. You may go on to see the outcome. Most cases are dismissed. This is an important part of the file. Thinner files usually mean that the case either settled early on or the lawyer withdrew. The most common reason for the withdrawal of the attorney is costs. As we explained in the
Tort Reform section, it is very difficult to pursue medical negligence in this state from a financial standpoint. This greatly limits the amount of cases filed, and we fear eventually there will be even fewer cases filed. When the case is settled with settlement, there will always be signatures of all involved parties, including the attorneys. If there is no page with those signatures, there was no settlement. Almost all settlements are confidential, you will not be able to find out amounts or terms in most cases.

8. Feel free to explore the rest of the file, most are long and cumbersome. We have given you these instructions to cut down on the time it will take you to complete this task which is essential to fully protecting yourself in the future.

9. We also recommend that you contact Denver District Court and follow the same procedure. There is a chance that cases may be filed there as well as in County Court.

10. If you want copies of any documents, the clerk will make them for you at a nominal fee. Please leave the files exactly as you are given them. Do not remove pages,
write on pages and never ever remove any document of a file. Treat the clerks with respect and courtesy and you will be welcome to repeat the process whenever you are searching for a physician.

11. If you find a physician that you really like who has lawsuits filed, or you don't understand the file, do ask the physician what happened. Most doctors who were wrongfully accused will tell you the truth. Always remember, a physician who admits that they may have made a mistake is a much better choice then one who always blames the patient or someone else. As we indicated, many innocent doctors are initially named as defendants and later dropped from the case. This only happens when there are several defendants.
 

The Pulse Coalition for Healthcare Reform

Patient Safety

The Pulse of American healthcare is weak, it is the charge of this coalition to make it strong again.

The Pulse Coalition for Healthcare Reform is a non-profit, grassroots organization of independent patient safety groups dedicated to reforming America's healthcare system.
 
The Pulse  Coalition supports investigation of the principles of HR 676, single-payer healthcare.

The Pulse Coalition invites like-minded groups to join us in our quest for quality affordable healthcare.

The Pulse Coalition invites discussion in favor of federal oversight and regulation of our healthcare system.  

 

Support

  • PULSE Offers support, counseling and friendship
  • PULSE Does not use the names of facilities or healthcare providers publicly
  • PULSE Does not give legal or medical advice or referrals
  • PULSE Only gives public statements to the press that adheres to our mission

PULSE Participants do not share information discussed at meetings with non-participants

Education

PULSE teaches patients/families how to protect themselves from avoidable adverse outcomes in healthcare. The most important way to do this is to talk. Communications between patient, doctor, nurse, and other health care workers.

  • PULSE provides encouragement to ask questions
  • PULSE encourages patients and families to make decisions about health care as a team with all providers

Advocacy

PULSE encourages partnering with all providers and complete teamwork. It is important for patients to be fully engaged in order to help reduce the chance of an unexpected outcome. It is important for providers to communicate with one another regularly about the patient. Most bad outcomes result from problems created by today's complex health care system. But bad outcomes also happen when doctors and their patients have problems communicating. Uninvolved and uninformed patients are less likely to do what they need to do to make the treatment work. We urge you to take a stand, be informed.

Join the Occupation NOW.... We Need  A Safe and Affordable Healthcare  System.......

Occupy Wall Street Colorado, U.S. and the World............................

Find a Location Near You and Join Others in the Protest.................

Healthcare For All Colorado................................................................

http://healthcareforallcolorado.org/?p=97

Occupy Together...................................................................................

http://www.occupytogether.org/

Join the 99 Per Cent Today........... Go To "Get Known" Page... "Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that describes your situation - for example, I am a student with $25,000 in debt, or I needed surgery and my first thought wasnt if I was going to be okay, it was how Id afford it.

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/


 

 





 
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The Committee for Sustainable Healthcare

The Committee for Sustainable Healthcare has been charged with the mission of inspection of all alternative healthcare reform plans.  

Send your comments please to The Committee for Sustainable Healthcare contact: pulseeditor@ymail.com

Tell us Your Story!

We are looking for stories and videos from people who suffered medical error, then lost employment and health coverage.    There are many stories, and strength in numbers.  Email us with your story or link to your youtube video at:

pulseeditor@ymail.com