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.”
The Face of MICRA
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 � by chris
Steven Olsen was a bright 2-year-old when medical negligence left him profoundly brain damaged. Two decades later, his parents remain potent advocates for correcting California’s $250,000 cap on human suffering.