Over a 12-month period, from April 2010, through March 2011, 664 Colorado dialysis patients suffered some form of infection related to their treatment, according to a report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The report, though, did not break down the numbers by provider making it unhelpful to Colorado consumers looking for information about their local dialysis facilities.
Couple believes their newborn died from a hospital's delay in test results.
Hospital infection survivor and "numerator," Kerry O'Connell describes the emotional and physical impact of hospital infection on patients and calls for more empathy and honesty from our health care providers.
Patty Skolnik, founder of Citizens for Patient Safety, shared her personal story about the death of her son Michael to an audience of medical professionals, leaving a lasting impact. To learn more about Citizens for Patient Safety, including its upcoming workshops and seminars and Michael’s story, please visit their website at www.citizensforpatientsafety.org.
"[t]his safety net hospital for the poor and uninsured now has the lowest mortality rate of any academic medical center in the country.”
Local boy who's battling leukemia contracted bacterial infection from tainted alcohol wipes recalled by the FDA two months later.
The parents of a 22-year-old Centennial man who died after having brain surgery that was not necessary are working to improve the medical industry.
Spate of serious infections caused by rare bacteria sparked massive recall, investigation
Patty Snolnik teaches patient advocacy courses to educate consumers about how to engage with their medical team and avoid harm.
Free Workshop by Patty Skolnik, Founder and Director, Citizens for Patient Safety. Must RSVP. For more information contact Breanna Sakis (Breanna.Sakis@HealthONEcares.com)
The University of Colorado Denver and its affiliated teaching hospitals have launched an overhaul of conflict of interest policies after a ProPublica database revealed extensive ties between its faculty and pharmaceutical companies.
Patient safety activist from Colorado, Kerry O'Connell, who sits on the state's hospital infection advisory committee, discusses Colorado's hospital infection report with CPR.
Article by Marshall Allen after attending Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project 2010 summit.
Colorado's Division of Registrations website gives patients information about a disciplined doctor who is practicing in another state.
As a result of the Skolnik Act, Colorado posts on its website malpractice and discipline information.
Patty Skolnik of Citizens for Patient Safety leads hospital workshop on patient safety education.
New Colorado law shines the light on medical professionals' backgrounds.
Patient advocate Patty Skolnik successfully advocated for a new law that expands Colorado's physician database to include more health care providers, making it easier for the public to access background information about their health care provider.
This survey was created for patients who have experienced medical harm, their loved ones and their advocates. This survey was created by the Empowered Patient Coalition and we have jointly published this survey on our websites. This survey is designed to answer questions that are important to patients. This is a way for patients to report their experience as they have lived it, and to know that their report will be counted.The Empowered Patient Coalition will be entering the events annonymously on a map so you can see your error and others in your state by clciking on the map.
Patty Skolnik, Founder of Citizens for Patient Safety, makes CNN's "Intriguing people" feature. Patty was a speaker on CU's consumer panel on medical harm at our "To Err Is Human, To Delay Is Deadly" forum in DC. She is a lead advocate in Colorado and nationally on patient safety and doctor accountability issues.
Medically Injured Trauma Support Services (MITSS) honors Patty Skolnik for her work on patients safety through the organization she founded- Colorado Citizens for Accountability.
Federal officials Thursday warned that about 5,700 surgery patients, including 1,000 at a Colorado Springs surgery center, are at risk of having been infected by an operating room technician with hepatitis C.
Colorado news clip on the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act, a law which went into effect on May 31. The law required a website with information about a doctor’s medical license, criminal background and malpractice settlements, and disciplinary actions against that doctor in any of the 50 states.
An online database on every doctor in Colorado went live Sunday on the homepage of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, www.dora.state.co.us, writes Durango Herald News. The database includes information about doctors' education, malpractice lawsuits, criminal record and disciplinary actions, such as a loss of hospital privileges or drug-prescribing privileges. The state assembled the database after a 2007 law known as the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act. This bill requires the Board of Medical Examiners post important information on their website about all physicians in Colorado.
An online database on every doctor in Colorado went live Sunday on the homepage of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, www.dora.state.co.us. The database includes information about doctors' education, malpractice lawsuits, criminal record and disciplinary actions, such as a loss of hospital privileges or drug-prescribing privileges.
On May 31, all Colorado physicians must be in compliance with a recent state law, the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act, which requires them to publicly report certain business dealings, malpractice actions, disciplinary matters and crimes to practice medicine here.
On May 31, all Colorado physicians must be in compliance with a recent state law, the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act, that requires them to publicly report certain business dealings, malpractice actions, disciplinary matters and crimes in order to practice medicine here.
When Colorado passed a law requiring hospitals to publicly reveal their infection rates, lawmakers hoped it would push them to improve surgical hygiene. It seems that it's working. View report from the CO Department of Public Health and Environment.
Michael Skolnik died from poor medical care when he was rushed into unwarrented brain surgery that resulted in complete disability and death. His family did not know the surgeon had medical malpractice claims against him. This information must now be reported under the new Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today released the first Health Facility Acquired Infections Bulletin.
A proposed bill in Colorado would require 200 hospitals in the state to report and make public the rate of hospital-acquired infections.
The Colorado House Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing on January 23 which included testimony on HB 1045, the hospital infection reporting bill. The Committee voted 12-1 to move the bill to the Appropriations Committee.
Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.
Thanks to the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act of 2010, consumers can now search for online profiles of different healthcare professionals.
Look up your Colorado physician's background on AskDora.Colorado.gov.
Abstract: Colorado study of physician self-reported adverse occurrences finds high frequency of surgical errors despite implementation of a surgical protocol that seeks to prevent them; researchers identified a total of 25 wrong-patient and 107 wrong-site procedures between January 2002 and June 2008.
Plans about what the states are supposed to be doing to eliminate hospital acquired infections.
Link to map that highlights antimicrobial resistance issues at the state level.
Our Mission at Citizens for Patient Safety is to educate ourselves and future generations to take action to protect our health and safety from medical errors. Read Michael Skolnik's Story
Select your state from an interactive map to find out what physician background reporting is available in your state. Knowing the background information on your doctor could your life.http://www.patientsrighttoknow.org/
Individuals, families, professionals and business owners who believe we must educate ourselves and future generations to take action to protect our health & safety.http://www.coloradocitizensforaccountability.org/
Keep up with what is happening regarding Patient Safety in Coloradohttp://www.coloradocitizensforaccountability.org
Keep up with what is happening regarding Physician Discolsure throught Medical Boardshttp://www.PatientsRightToKnow.org
My oldest daughter has APS - Antiphospholipid Antidoby Syndrome; the doctors, nurses and all staff knew it (at Denver Health, Denver CO); her allergies were marked in Flourescent Orange on front of her file. Yet nurses gave her medications she was allergic too; my daughter was on pain medication and half-asleep when it was done; she asked immediately what they'd given her; they told her; then the nurse went running basically out of the room to get other medication to counteract what she'd just given the shot of. This went on during the entire stay there at Denver Health. They were supposed to give her a blood transfusion; they went back and forth - yes, they were; no, they weren't. She ended up flying back to Chicago where the Dr there gave her a blood transfusion. They could have killed her several times with their nonchalant actions, not paying attention to her allergies - writen all over the file, on her arm band, etc. After this, we were all told to never go to a "teaching hospital". My daughter talked with the Client Advocate; she also talked to one of the doctor's treating her; he was more interested in covering it up, and giving a little schpeel about how great he was; and talked as if he was talking to a class - not an individual patient with her mother present in the room. He was very absorbed in himself and not at all concerned about what had happend. This was all so shocking. Needless to say, we've passed the word to other family and friends and hopefully none of them ever end up at that hospital. Teaching hospital or not, what happened was inexcusable and inappropriate. You may contact my daughter and she can fillyou in with all the detailed information. Write me and I will forward it to her so she can answer. Thank you for giving the public a chance!
I went to the University Of Colorado Hospital to have my dystonia batteries changed. It took about an hour and I went home. Everything went well, but the bill was $75,189.28 not including the doctor or the Anesthesiologist. I'm 75 so Medicare and my ins payed all but $822'24, but that price, it should of been less than half of that. I'm sure they can't just charge anything they want. And need to find out who I can talk to about this bill.
After not being able to keep any fluids down for over 24 hours, when I finally was taken to Swedish. In order to get the more than 8 bags needed to restore my fluid balance, either I had to keep screaming, or my friend had to literally harass the nursing staff, which was not busy, for me to be looked after. Given I also have Fibromyalgia and was on Fentanyl, they would not give me the Fentanyl I needed. I also asked them to call my doctor next door, who used the hospital, to tell him I was there; they deliberately lied, saying that they had simply to keep me quiet though I discovered they had not. When I talked to the "patient liaison," she was more interested in pacifying me to avoid a law suit instead of fixing the problems of apathy and poor care.
Retired Nurse. Need better education of RN's, BSN at least.
Hi All, Just want you to know that we launched our new name last night to Citizens for Patient Safety. We had a stunning celebration and fabulous attendance. I know Michael was watching with his grin saying way to go...Please check out the new site and let me know what you think. We will keep the old site up also as it is so well know in Colorado. Moving globally with out new site. Please contact me if I can be of any help. Pattyhttp://www.CitizensforPatientSafety.org
Finding Your Way Through a Safe Healthcare Journey Workshop. Sponsored by Rose Hospital. Presented by Patty Skolnik. See info on home page of website. Must RSVPhttp://www.citizensforpatientsafety.org
The Michael Skolnik Transparency Law of 2010 went into effect July 1,2011 for Colorado. All health care professionals must now do a profile. Go to Colorado Board of Medical examiners website to get the details.http://www.citizensforpatientsafety.org