- Immediate Jeopardy: 14 CA Hospitals Fined $850,000 Source: HealthLeaders Media (Monday December 12, 2011)
Another 14 California hospitals have been ordered to pay fines totaling $850,000 in the latest round of medical errors involving immediate jeopardy to patients, state health officials said last week.
- Calif. Hospital Report Cards Likely To Go Away Source: Kaiser Health News (Monday December 5, 2011)
Cal Hospital Compare, which gives the public quality scorecards of CA hospitals, may not continue because the California Hospital Association is backing out of the project.
- 4-Year-Old Dies During Dental Surgery Source: KCRA (Tuesday November 15, 2011)
4-year-old dies during dental surgery and his family is searching for answers to find out what led to his death.
- Stanford Adverse Event Initiative Saves $3.2M in Annual Liability Costs Source: California Healthline (Tuesday November 1, 2011)
Stanford University’s clinics and hospitals have reduced annual liability premiums by $3.2 million since it implemented a program to disclose and investigate adverse event reports, according to a report published by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Medical News reports.
- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center cited for safety violations Source: Los Angeles Times (Saturday October 29, 2011)
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has failed to keep its operating rooms clean and safe and to protect its patients from possible infection, according to federal inspection reports recently released to The Times.
- Editorial: Obama shouldn't be hiding records on doctor errors Source: Sacramento Bee (Tuesday October 18, 2011)
The Obama administration should restore the Public Use File of the National Practitioner Data Bank for use by the public.
- Video: How to Prevent Infection after Surgery Source: Fox 11 News (Wednesday September 21, 2011)
California patient safety advocate, Alicia Cole, discusses what you should do to stay safe in the hospital. Alicia almost died from a flesh-eating bacteria she contracted following routine fibroid surgery.
- Patient's death heightens tensions after strike Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Monday September 26, 2011)
Tensions heighten around a patient death due to possible medical error in Oakland, California.
- Woman's death raises questions about nursing home medical records Source: Sacramento Bee (Monday September 19, 2011)
Don Esco sought skilled nursing care at a Placerville facility for Johnnie, his wife of nearly 61 years, when she was recuperating from a bout with pneumonia. She died 13 days later. Esco sued, alleging that the medical charts lied about Johnnie’s treatment.
- Falsified patient records are untold story of California nursing home care Source: Sacramento Bee (Sunday September 18, 2011)
The practice of nursing homes altering patients’ medical records masks serious conditions and covers up care not given. A Bee review of nearly 150 cases of alleged chart falsification in California reveals how the practice puts patients at risk and sometimes leads to death.