Saving Lives

Research brings results.

Clinical research studies are a scientific way to determine the viability of new treatment options for patients. Hartford Hospital has more than 1,000 patients enrolled in clinical research studies that include surgery, stroke, cardiology, oncology, psychiatry and behavioral health, women’s health, urology, orthopedics, infectious diseases and more. It’s another way we are advancing care for patients in our communities and beyond.

Enhancing our environment of care.

As patient needs evolve, so must the infrastructure at Hartford Hospital. Because we are caring for more critically ill patients than ever, we have added 14 beds to our Center 8 Intensive Care Unit. Rooms were designed to enable family members to comfortably spend time with loved ones. We also have been updating rooms on our maternity unit. In addition to new floors and wall covering, we are including special sink tops for bathing our newest arrivals, and have been adding sleep chairs and gliders for families. In addition, we are piloting some new, interactive TVs on the unit. All of these updates and renovations were made possible with the help of generous gifts from donors.

Kidney chain.

Hartford Hospital was one of the participants in the longest kidney transplant chain ever created. Thirty-four desperately needed kidneys were swapped among 26 hospitals, ensuring that the vital organs reached the most appropriate transplant recipients. The lifesaving organ chain, which took three months to fully implement, received national media attention, and was covered by ABC’s “Nightline.”

Leading the way in saving lives.

In an attempt to improve survival, Hartford Hospital is training first responders on lifesaving trauma techniques to help victims of mass casualties and active shooters.

The program is known as the SWAT Challenge. Physicians and trainers from Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation train law enforcement personnel on the best ways to offer lifesaving medical support and care for the critically injured, including how to apply tourniquets and minimize blood loss, assess patients, and transport them. In addition, the city of Hartford will become first in the country to widely deploy Bleeding Control Bags developed by Hartford Hospital as a frontline defense against mass-casualty events, including mass shootings and explosions. Similar to automated external defibrillators widely available in public spaces across the country, the Stop the Bleed kits provide tourniquets, hemostatic gauze and other equipment, along with instructions on providing immediate care to victims who are awaiting the arrival of emergency medical response teams. Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, Hartford Hospital vice president of Academic Affairs, presented the most-recent work of the Hartford Consensus at the White House. The Consensus, a group of national professionals, created a national policy to enhance survivability from intentional mass casualty and active-shooter events by training first responders and the public, with a focus on controlling bleeding.