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Spring 2017: How Did Connecticut Hospitals Rank?

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June 20th, 2017

The Leapfrog Group released its hospital rankings focused on transparency, quality and safety in the U.S. healthcare system. The scores were based on how well each hospital kept its patients safe from infections, injuries, errors and accidents. Last fall, Connecticut hospitals ranked 36 nationally. This ranking period we are down two spots to number 38 … Keep reading…

Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Bedsore Deaths Are More Common Than You Think

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June 17th, 2017

Connecticut medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider or facility deviates from the standard of care and it results in significant permanent injury including death. Pressure ulcers, commonly referred to as bedsores, take the lives of roughly 60,000 people in the U.S. annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), bedsores happen when the … Keep reading…

Are Smartphones Killing Connecticut Pedestrians?

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June 13th, 2017

Connecticut pedestrian accident deaths are on the rise. Early data from the Governors Highway Safety Association has Connecticut pedestrian deaths 33% higher in 2016 than 2015. Why such a sharp increase? The data is disturbing: most pedestrian accidents nationwide occur in spaces that are meant for vehicles. Only one in five deaths happen at an … Keep reading…

Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Why Are Medical Errors Not Being Investigated

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June 10th, 2017

Last fall we published a blog on medical errors and that some of them are preventable. A study published in BMJ cited that if medical errors were a cause of death that was recorded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that they would be the third leading cause of death in the United States. … Keep reading…

Connecticut Medical Malpractice: Misdiagnosis Of Serious Illness Is Common

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June 7th, 2017

Connecticut medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to properly diagnose a patient and that failure leaves the patient with a permanent, significant injury, including death. A recent study out of the Mayo Clinic reports that 20% of patients who sought a second opinion with their specialists received an incorrect diagnosis had been misdiagnosed … Keep reading…

Connecticut Pedestrian Deaths Rose 33% in 2016

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June 4th, 2017

Connecticut pedestrian accidents were certainly on the rise in 2016, early data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows. ¬†Connecticut pedestrian fatalities rose roughly 33% over 2015. The study reported from January to June 2016 there were 28 deaths (just over 1 death per week for that time period). In the same time period … Keep reading…

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