Entries by Ilene Corina

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MAKING MEATLOAF

What does making meatloaf have to do with patient’s safety?  If you make a wonderful meatloaf dinner and a friend asks for the recipe, they may wonder why theirs doesn’t come out the same.  When you share your recipe, you are telling the listener about meatloaf as you know it. If the listener uses your […]

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ADVOCACY

I get many calls from family members or friends who are planning to advocate for one another and want to know some tips or rules. Some just feel they would be good at bedside advocacy. They may want to make a living at being a patient advocate and to that I say “go for it”. […]

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE

We all need a “Time to Play” but what if your family member; spouse, child or parent is ill, diagnosed with a life changing disease or suddenly injured and struggling to care for themselves? What role can you play in their recovery to be sure they are getting the best care possible so you can […]

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CHOOSING A HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR

A common question I hear is “How do I choose the best doctor”? It’s not an easy question to answer. Choosing a doctor or hospital is a very personal choice. It may be important for you to be a close distance from your doctor because travel is an issue or that you go very often […]

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PATIENT SAFETY FROM THE TOP

Next week I will be at the board meeting for the National Patient Safety Foundation. From there, the NPSF Congress which is a yearly event that attracts patient safety leadership from all throughout the country, and very often other countries. The NPSF was the first group of almost all medical professionals and hospital administrators who thought […]

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TRAIN TO BE A PATIENT SAFETY ADVOCATE

How can a patient possibly know all the problems that can occur in a hospital? Patient Safety and communications educator, Leslie Farrington, MD, will discuss five problems associated with patient harm known as F.I.L.M.S., Falls, Infections, Literacy, Medication and Surgery, at a workshop on Friday, August 17 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Freeport, New York.These […]

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Cautious Patient Communities

John went to the doctor for a checkup because of a lingering cough.  X-rays found a mass.  Gary was losing weight rapidly.  It took many tests and doctors visits to find the cancer.  Lenore felt a lump that scared her so she went to the doctor and started her journey of medical tests.   What do […]