Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Check Out This Week's "Grand Rounds"

Paul Levy, one of our favorite bloggers, is this week's host of Grand Rounds, the weekly rotating carnival of the best of the medical blogosphere. His topic is "when things go awry," and there are some incredibly powerful patient, family, and clinician stories about medical errors highlighted. MITSS's own Linda Kenney's story is also featured. Click here to read the full post.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Emotional Support Is So Important

Below is a link to another horrific story surrounding medical error. It is also another example of why support services for patients, families and clinicians are so crucial following these events.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MITSS Announces Second Annual HOPE Award

In honor of National Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8th through the 14th, 2009), MITSS is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the Second Annual MITSS HOPE Award.

The HOPE Award was established in 2008 to recognize people -- patients, families, healthcare providers, hospitals (or teams or departments therein), academic institutions, community health centers, grass roots organizations, EAP programs, etc. -- who exemplify the mission of MITSS: Supporting Healing and Restoring Hope to patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events. The winner of the Award will receive a $5,000 cash prize to continue their work.

Nominations are due by September 14, 2009. The Award will be presented at the MITSS 8th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser to be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel on Thursday, November 12th, 2009, from 5:30 to 10 pm.

Take this opportunity to nominate someone who is doing great work! Also note that self-nominations will be accepted. For eligiblity criteria and submission requirements, click here. If you would like more information, check our website; call Winnie Tobin at (617) 232-0090 or e-mail wtobin@mitss.org; or, mail us at MITSS, 830 Boylston Street, Suite 206, Boston, MA, 02467.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tips from ABC News on Surviving a Hospital Stay

Dr. Franklin Huang is a resident physician in a major academic hospital. He also writes for the ABC News Online Medical Unit. Dr. Huang recently chronicled Linda Kenney's battle with a hospital acquired infection following ankle surgery. He also outlined some tips for becoming an "informed patient." Check it out at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews/story?id=6999952&page=1
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