Alicia, an actress who played a doctor in this public health ad, is a Survivor of Necrotizing Fasciitis, which she contracted following routine surgery at a top rated hospital in August of 2006. Following her motherâ€™s discovery of a black dot on Aliciaâ€™s stomach, she was thrust into a barrage of tests, drugs and six more surgeries to save her life and possible amputation of her left leg.
- Law bans gag clauses in settlements with licensed professionals Source: California Watch (Monday December 10, 2012)
Californians who sue licensed professionals, such as contractors or nurses, will no longer be subjected to legal settlements that ban them from talking to state officials investigating misconduct when a new law takes effect in January.
- Report: reckless prescribing common in Calif. Source: Associated Press (Sunday December 9, 2012)
Associated Press reports: California patients are at risk from reckless prescribing by doctors because of a lack of oversight at the state Medical Board, an investigation has found.
- Report: Calif. Medical Board Oversight of Risky Prescribing Is Lacking Source: California Healthline (Monday December 10, 2012)
Patients are put at risk by physicians who overprescribe medications because of a lack of oversight by the Medical Board of California, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.
- Surgeon infected patients during heart procedure, Cedars-Sinai admits Source: Los Angeles Times (Saturday December 8, 2012)
The hospital says five people were accidentally infected when tears in surgical gloves allowed bacteria on the doctor’s hands to pass into patient’s hearts. Four patients needed second operations.
- Man who had arms, legs amputated sues Sutter Health Source: Sacramento Bee (Friday November 16, 2012)
Story of a man who had his hands and legs amputated because of a MSSA infection (a “cousin of MRSA”) that he says the hospital failed to diagnose and treat properly, even though his son had been treated for a similar infection at the hospital weeks earlier.
- UCLA Medical Center gets failing grade on patient safety Source: LA Times (Wednesday November 28, 2012)
Leapfrog’s national report on patient safety gives Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center an “F.” Leapfrog is national organization that scores hospital safety.
- Merced dentist charged with abusing 4 patients Source: Sacramento Bee (Wednesday November 28, 2012)
A Central California dentist is facing charges that he sexually abused four female patients – at least one while she was sedated.
- Call Kurtis: Groupon Issues MedSpa Customers Refunds After Call Kurtis Investigation Source: CBS Sacramento (Wednesday November 14, 2012)
Groupon has pulled the plug on deals offered by a Rocklin cosmetic surgeon exposed in a Nov. 1 Call Kurtis investigation.
- Call Kurtis Investigates: Cosmetic Surgeon Accused of Leaving Patients Deformed Source: CBS Sacramento (Thursday November 1, 2012)
Patients say they were left deformed, even paralyzed at the hands of a Rocklin gynecologist turned cosmetic surgeon, a CBS13 Call Kurtis investigation has revealed.
- Prostate Patients Suffer as Money Overwhelms Best Therapy Source: Bloomberg (Monday November 5, 2012)
Bloomberg’s Kevin Thrash reports on some urologists in Monterey County, California, who are being investigated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for possibly putting profits ahead of patients.