State Disclosure Reports
Consumers Union Documents
State Medical Error Report Links (May 8, 2009)
Policy and Legislation
Consumers Union News Releases
Patient Safety Advocates Start New England Watchdog Group
New England patient safety activists form New England Voices For Error Reduction (NEVER), a group that aims to work regionally for safe health care.Source: CT Health I-Team (November 22, 2011)
Research and Reports
Why Not The Best? Comparative Reports on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
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.Source: The Commonwealth Fund (July 2010)
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Code of Conduct
This page provides information relating to the Massachusetts Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Code of Conduct (PCOC) regulation. Reports on drug and medical device industry gifts to physicians.Source: MA Health and Human Services
Consumer Health Quality Council
The Consumer Health Quality Council (a coalition of Health Care for All) empowers those impacted by health care quality issues to have a voice in our health care system, to engage fellow consumers to be active partners in their health care, and to advocate for high quality, safe, and accessible health care for all Massachusetts residents.
User Submitted Links (6)
On April 2, 2009 steven anacone posted:
If everyone did what they were supposed to do, we would still be the world leader
On April 28, 2009 Carla Skidmore posted:
RN STAFFING IS BEING CUT, AND HIRING FREEZES ARE IN FORCE IN MANY HOSPITALS, MEANWHILE, THE CEOs AND HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT ARE RECEIVING OBSCENE SALARIES. IT IS NO WONDER THAT PATIENT CARE IS DETERIORATING AND THAT ERRORS ARE BEING MADE. TOO MANY PATIENTS AND TOO FEW RNs.
On April 28, 2009 Merritt Agabian posted:
Keep me safe in a hospital
On August 3, 2010 Marilyn Short posted:
Diagnosing patients can be a matter of life or death. We all know that sleep deprivation impairs judgement and decision making. Residents play an important role in patient care and require that their mental functioning is at its best.
On August 3, 2010 judy wisboro posted:
Dear Consumers Report: We had a case of mix up on prostate exam of two patients in a Boston hospital. The wrong patient was told he was fine and the right patient was the one who had progressive prostate cancer. Not only was this a physician’s error .The patient whose prostate cancer progressed was mind boggled how a simple test was misdiagnosed and the now the patient with prostate cancer has a more advance case of the disease. Could this be physician /patient overload? What else?
On September 15, 2010 Allan posted:
My story dealt with non diagnosis of broken back and wrong medicine proscribed by In-patient hospitalists and ER doctors reported in 2009. The update is that the “system” persecuted me and my mother- finally killing her in totally inept facilities and staff. The final nursing home gave her gangrene in her toes and feet! Horrifying nightmare all the way – and it continues! Corrupt HealthCare and Government! Good luck with ObamaCare!