Patient safety is freedom from healthcare associated, preventable harm. A simple explanation is that ‘when things go right, nothing bad happens.’
New, Exciting and Potentially great good is being brought to this world by new medical inventions, possibilities and already in production products. The consumer will be able to take control of their medical care, decide what is right for them and avoid the pitfalls of many who blindly trusted.
Gadolinium is a metal, a toxin to humans that is used to enhance MRI’s. Unfortunately, it rarely leaves the body and instead causes long term great harm to humans. It is not excluded that the deposits can trigger neuro degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
MIT and HARVARD have come out with a new investment vehicle for securitized loans. These will be loans to finances ‘cures’. They will be called health care loans. Do you think that any patients with a serious disease and one of these loans will ever be able to pay it off?
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The love of her life, Hank Garcia, a robust, very strong man was rendered in a few days to a very weak and in appearance old man who died shortly thereafter due to mismanagement of medical care by professionals who were more concerned with a time clock and a salary than they were with being physicians who should be helping to heal patients.
Every afternoon, Hank’s wife Darlene is outside Kaiser Fontana. She talks to patients and many come up to her and tell her their Kaiser HMO patient horror stories. There are more of these stories than you can possibly imagine. These stories are not so called “medical errors. The reasons are far more serious than true error. These are problems that cause death, disfigurement or permanent crippling due to selfishness on the part of medical staff, greed and actual incompetence. Often these stories also contain the element of over scheduled staff who are exhausted physically and mentally and are not at that time capable of doing their jobs professionally. Over scheduling of a well financed hospital is caused only by an Administration that is cutting corners.
Darlene has a FaceBook page about this at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaiser911/
Fierce Advocacy – http://www.fierceadvocacy.com – Gary Votour who has a Masters degree in Health Administration will tell his story and discuss Informed Consent – What is it? What questions to ask? He has only one goal – To improve the hospitalization outcomes of patients by being their personal fierce advocate.
Gary Votour’s wife Lynn was diagnosed and operated on for a rare congenital form of bone cancer in her neck. The resultant surgeries went wrong and the surgeon later refused to talk to Gary. Gary and Lynn, his wife had forgiven the surgeon but did want greater understanding of what happened. Upon the suggestion of a medical professional Gary posted an open letter to the surgeon online and was sued in an attempt to be silenced for telling the truth. See Boston Globe Article: http://tinyurl.com/jj422la
Since then Gary has dedicated his life to helping others avoid the mistakes he and his wife had made. Gary helps Advocees find second opinions, give truly Informed consent, protect their autonomy while hospitalized, mediate conflicts with providers, assist with discharge planning and support end of life decisions. He does all of this with only one goal – To improve the hospitalization outcomes of his Advocees by being their personal Fierce Advocate.
An incredibly touching Interview with someone who must be a beautiful Angel
Becky Martins is a Certified Master Gardener who resides in midcoast, Maine. In 2007, she and her family began building a living memorial garden in memoriam of patients who have died from medical mistakes, and in recognition of patients who have been injured and live with the lingering emotional and physical effects of healthcare harm.
The Garden is designed with four Sections of Flowers for:
Elders (parents, grandparents, aunts,uncles)
Friends & Siblings
Flowers are planted alongside the walking trail that leads to the garden in recognition of the contributions of individuals and organizations that are championing and advancing patient safety.
Flowers are added to the Medicine Wheel Garden annually on Patient Safety Day, July 25th.
Michelle Monserratt-Ramos – Fiance of former Los Angeles politician Lloyd Monserratt and California Patient Safety Advocate. Michelle discusses Docs on Probation, medical board issues, patient safety, How to Research your Doctor and why you should. All too often state medical licensing boards seem to be more interested in protecting physicians’ livelihood than protecting the public from misbehaving or incompetent physicians. And when they do act against a physician, the physician’s patients are not likely to be informed unless the physician has to close his practice. This is unacceptable. With this type of behavior there is little wonder that medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death.
PULSE was created as a support group for victims of medical error. After her mother’s death, Jennifer learned how difficult it was to find a place to discuss her frustrations with the system and to feel comfortable doing so.
Jennifer Dingman is the founder of PULSE (Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Health care), which is a patient rights organization, was a member of the Colorado Patient Safety Coalition, and has served on the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient and Family Advisory Council, and other patient safety organizations and groups. Jennifer founded PULSE in 1996 after losing her mother to a series of medical errors.
PULSE was created as a support group for victims of medical error. After her mother’s death, Jennifer learned how difficult it was to find a place to discuss her frustrations with the system and to feel comfortable doing so. She and several other family members of deceased victims of medical errors held the first PULSE support meeting in February 1996. PULSE also provides educational material for consumers. One of the major goals of PULSE is to teach consumers how to avoid medical errors and how to partner with their providers. Jennifer strongly believes in the philosophy of patient engagement and education. Engagement of the consumer is the best and most effective way to achieve better quality in any industry. Engagement promotes partnerships that will actually put the consumer and provider on equal ground. PULSE has, since 1996, grown into a large national network with chapters in many states.
Taped JANUARY 22, 2016 – Marcie Jacobs is a patient advocate who was poisoned by gadolinium-based contrast agents which resulted in retained gadolinium and gadolinium toxicity. Marcie hosts the blog – Patient-Powered Medicine – Consumer’s Perspective on What Hospitals Need to do to Survive – Love it or Good Bye.
Marcie will explain the dangers of gadolinium and will also speak on how consumers are now going to transform medicine, hospitals, doctors and regulatory bodies. Marcie has turned a negative into a positive.
“The arrogance of the industry will be its downfall because it will accelerate the transformation of medicine. American medicine will no longer be complicated solutions for simple problems; medicine will become democratized and transform to “simple solutions for complicated problems” and costs will plummet.”
Gadolinium may have altered her life but she has made a conscious decision to help empower patients so they can hopefully avoid suffering as she has to do every single day.
WAYS YOU CAN KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MARCIE & HER JOURNEY: