Senator Len Fasano Joins Campaign for Science Based Health Care in Supporting Informed Consent for Chiropractic Patients

January 5, 2010
Senator Fasano looks on at a press conference held at the Legislative Office Building by the Campaign for Science Based Healthcare. The organization has been the lead advocate in pushing the state to require chiropractors to inform patients of the risks associated with the manipulation of the cervical spine.

Senator Fasano looks on at a press conference held at the Legislative Office Building by the Campaign for Science Based Healthcare. The organization has been the lead advocate in pushing the state to require chiropractors to inform patients of the risks associated with the manipulation of the cervical spine.

Hartford, CT – State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) joined with representatives from the Campaign for Science Based Healthcare and other advocates at a press conference in Hartford today in favor of providing chiropractic patients with informed consent with respect to the manipulation of the cervical spine. Today’s press conference precedes two days of public hearings before the state Department of Public Health/State Board of Chiropractic Examiners to determine whether chiropractors must inform their patients about the risks associated with manipulation of the cervical spine.

“It is not now, nor has it ever been, my intention to hamper the practice of chiropractic in Connecticut in any way,” said Senator Fasano. “However, I do believe it is critical that patients understand the risks associated with the manipulation of the cervical spine. As with many other medical treatments, there are inherent risks to the manipulation of the cervical spine and I believe patients have the right to make educated decisions about their options for treatment.”

During the 2009 legislative session, Senator Fasano introduced SB 90: An Act Requiring Chiropractors to Obtain Informed Written Consent From a Patient Prior to Performing Certain Procedures Involving Treatment of the Cervical Spine. This bill sought to require chiropractors obtain consent forms from patients who will be receiving any type manipulation or adjustment of their cervical spine area. The bill also sought to require that informed consent includes an explanation of the potential side effects and corresponding symptoms of such treatments, including the risk of chiropractic stroke.

Senator Fasano first introduced SB 90 during last year’s legislative session after collaborating with Janet Levy, a Woodbridge resident. Mrs. Levy suffered a stroke after undergoing cervical spine treatment from a chiropractor. It wasn’t until a week after treatment that she began experiencing symptoms. At the urging of a physician, she underwent brain surgery and was able to eventually recover. Since her injury, Mrs. Levy has spearheaded a statewide campaign to push for informed consent.

“There are warnings and informational packets on products we use every day – even cups of coffee have warnings on them that tell us they’re hot. Shouldn’t there also be warnings and information available when someone is about to have his or her cervical spine manipulated?” said Senator Fasano. “Providing informed consent with regard to cervical spine manipulation is simply about awareness and transparency. It is the right, responsible thing to do.”

Senator Fasano has a strong record as a champion of increased accountability and transparency within the chiropractic profession. He worked to expand the state’s healthcare registry to include chiropractors and other medical professionals to comply with the State Physician Profiling System. The system gives patients access to information like professional education, licensing and certification. The registry also includes information detailing any disciplinary actions, malpractice judgments or felony criminal charges.

Senator Fasano represents the 34th District communities of East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford. His press secretary is Rachel Reese. She may be reached at 860.240.8865 or via email at [email protected]

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