On June 9, 2008, my brother, Kenneth Novak died due to the terrible mistake of two anesthesiologists at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While central lines were being placed into his internal jugular vein to prepare for a liver transplant, the catheter/needle was advanced too far, perforating both the jugular and right subclavian artery. My brother bled to death.
State Disclosure Reports
Consumers Union Documents
- State Medical Error Report Links
Reports from the states with laws requiring public reporting of medical errors.
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- Seattle PI: U.S. pigs and farmers carry MRSA but federal food safety agencies are doing little to see if the pork is safe
Seattle PI reports on a new study that found pigs and workers on several Midwestern farms are colonized with MRSA.
- MRSA takes its toll on father and son
Following a bike accident, Jimmy Jr. needed knee surgery hoping to be strong enough to play high school football. Instead he acquired MRSA…
- Illinois Hospital’s Experience with DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Underscores its Problems Source: Bad Medical Devices Blog (Friday March 22, 2013)
The high failure rate of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant seen among the patients at one Illinois hospital underscores the dangers posed by this and other similar hip implants.
- IL: Agency that polices doctors to slash staff Source: Chicago Tribune (Friday January 11, 2013)
The Illinois agency that license doctors estimates that it will take up to 18 months to renew a license.
- Illinois surgery centers slip on infection control Source: Associated Press (Sunday August 7, 2011)
Here is a list of Illinois surgery centers that were cited for infection-control problems. Last year, The Associated Press examined reports in Illinois and found that nearly 76 percent of centers that were inspected were cited for infection-control problems.
- New law brings Illinois doctor website back online Source: Associated Press (Tuesday August 9, 2011)
Consumers will be able to see whether a doctor has been disciplined in Illinois or in another state. Malpractice judgments and settlements going back five years will be posted, as will updates as new cases are decided. If a doctor appeals a court judgment, the doctor’s profile will note the appeal.
- Illinois is poised to reveal staph infections as killers Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Thursday June 30, 2011)
Death certificates in IL will say whether the patient died of MRSA or other infections that are resistant to multiple drugs if they contributed to or caused a death.
- Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Means Hospitals Must Release Data about Incidents of MRSA Infections Source: dBusiness News (Wednesday June 29, 2011)
A recent Illinois Appellate Court opinion, which reversed the decision of a lower court, will make it easier for all hospital patients who acquire methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) to obtain medical records for the purpose of pursuing legal action.
- Medical misdiagnoses can have fatal consequences Source: The State Journal-Register (Sunday June 26, 2011)
Diagnostic errors, a subset of medical errors, can lead to devastasting harm for patients.
- Patients' Right to Know Act passes Assembly Source: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday May 17, 2011)
Law would make criminal convictions, malpractice payments public
- MRSA cases on rise throughout state Source: Northwest Herald (Wednesday February 16, 2011)
Cases of MRSA reported by IL hospitals throughout the state are on the rise.
- Blue Island Teen Dies from Sepsis After Root Canal Source: Sun-Times Media Wire (Friday February 11, 2011)
IL teen dies from sepsis after root canal surgery.
Research and Reports
- MRSA Trends in Illinois Hospitals: 2002-2007
In 2002, there were 6,841 cases of MRSA diagnosed by Illinois hospitals. This number has increased steadily each year, with 11,372 cases diagnosed in 2007, a 66.2 percent increase in total cases over the six-year period.
- Illinois Passes State Law to Make Hospital Infection Rates Public
A coalition of consumer, labor and employer groups supported the final passage of a groundbreaking disclosure law that makes infection rates public for Illinois consumers.