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  • Latest California hospital penalties include five patient deaths Tuesday, February 4, 2014 � by jg

    Other events that were penalized include one that led to a patient suffering severe brain damage and one that led to a patient being put on a ventilator because of a medication overdose.

  • Latest California hospital “never events” include four deaths and an operating room fire Friday, December 21, 2012 � by jg

    The announcement of yet another round of fines against California hospitals for incidents that should never happen in a hospital emphasizes the need for state lawmakers to adopt tougher restrictions holding the health care industry more fully accountable for negligent acts.

  • Missed diagnoses could lead to 40,000 deaths a year Tuesday, August 28, 2012 � by jg

    The Atlantic: A Johns Hopkins University study found failure to diagnose such conditions as heart attack and stroke in intensive care patients could result in more than 40,000 deaths annually.

  • Vast majority of adverse incidents in hospitals go unreported Wednesday, August 8, 2012 � by jg

    American Medical News (American Medical Association): A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General found hospitals reported only 8% of the adverse events they were required to report to their state agencies.

  • Preventable hospital errors kill 180,000 Americans a year Thursday, June 7, 2012 � by jg

    Los Angeles Times: A national report card gave nearly half of U.S. hospitals a grade of C of lower in patient safety.

  • Lawmakers bid to close loopholes on malfunctioning med devices Wednesday, February 8, 2012 � by eric

    More than 90 percent of medical devices do not require proof that they have been clinically tested and found to be safe and effective prior to being cleared by the FDA for distribution or sale.

  • Latest round of California hospital errors include patient deaths Friday, December 9, 2011 � by jg

    The California Department of Public Health handed penalties to 14 hospitals for “noncompliance with licensing requirements [that] caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.”