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  • Plaintiffs allege 'gruesome conditions' at Lap-Band clinics
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Tuesday January 17, 2012)

    At least five patients have died since 2009 after Lap-Band procedures at clinics in Beverly Hills and West Hills that are affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign, according to autopsy reports, lawsuits and other public records.

  • Calif. hospital infection rates look low, but may be incomplete
    Source: UT San Diego (Wednesday January 18, 2012)

    California’s recent public reports on central-line associated hospital infections reflect rates nearly 50 percent lower than the national average, but the latest reports might reveal only half or more of infections cropping up in California. That is why validation of data is essential to getting accurate information out to the public, said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.

  • In Santa Cruz County, hospital infection rates vary
    Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (Saturday January 7, 2012)

    The California Department of Health released its second year of data on hospital acquired infections. CU praised state regulators for posting a broad range of infection data and a consumer friendly surgical infection interactive map that will include more data over time.

  • Public Health Department Fines 14 Hospitals for Patient Safety Errors
    Source: California Healthline (Friday December 9, 2011)

    The California Department of Public Health announced it was imposing $850,000 in fines on 14 hospitals for medical errors that caused or were likely to cause serious patient injury or death.

  • 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.

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