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.
Fourteen California hospitals penalized for serious medical errors
Thursday, August 30, 2012 � by jg
The California Department of Public Health handed out the penalties for errors that “caused, or [were] likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.” Two Bay Area patients died as a result of errors.
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.
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.”
Transplant patient gets wrong kidney at USC Hospital
Friday, February 18, 2011 � by jg
Los Angeles Times: The hospital halted kidney transplants after the mistake was discovered. A Texas transplant surgeon says he “can’t even imagine” how the error could happen.
Las Vegas Sun finds 969 preventable injuries at local hospitals over two years
Monday, June 28, 2010 � by jg
A two-year investigation by reporters Marshall Allen and Alex Richards found Las Vegas hospitals averaged more than one incident a day of “preventable injuries, life-threatening infections or other harm.”
Patient safety lags, years after study shows 98,000 needless deaths
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 � by jg
It was ten years ago this month that the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued its landmark report, “To Err Is Human.” That report recommended a “four-tiered approach” for better hospital safety. Ten years later, experts say hospitals could be doing a lot better job of improving patient safety.