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After the save: A drug can reverse an overdose. Then what?

The drug naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Experts say it’s a vital tool, but in many ways, a short-term one: Naloxone saves lives, but it doesn’t necessarily change them. Now, a pilot program in one emergency room aims to connect people who have been revived after overdoses to longer-term recovery help. Continue Reading →

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CT hospitals follow aviation, nuclear power in targeting errors

This is a picture of Dr. Setu Vora holding a list of strategies for anticipating and mitigating patient safety problems, which he keeps attached to his hospital badge.

It was a big deal at John Dempsey Hospital when a housekeeper stopped a doctor from entering a room where a procedure was taking place. The celebration that followed was part of a broader effort to improve patient safety, modeled after strategies used in aviation, nuclear power and other industries where even small mistakes can have dire consequences. Continue Reading →

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