Share this site! The Safe Patient Project is a Consumers Union campaign focused on eliminating medical harm, improving FDA oversight of prescription drugs and promoting disclosure laws that give information to consumers about health care safety and quality.

Louisiana flag Louisiana

Consumers Union Documents

News Articles

  • Lawmakers think it's time to change the law on reporting hospital infections
    Source: Fox8 New Orleans (Friday April 18, 2014)

    Some lawmakers in Louisiana are interested in doing more to address hospital acquired infections in the state given the recent publicity about a hospital fungal infection outbreak in 2008-2009 that resulted in children’s deaths.

  • Mother believes her newborn was the first to die from fungus at Children's Hospital in 2008
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Wednesday April 16, 2014)

    The Times-Picayune reports: “After Cassandra Gee read a story on detailing the five children who died at Children’s Hospital in 2008 and 2009 from a fatal fungal infection passed through linens, she identified the first baby profiled as being her son, Tyrel Cayden Gee, who was born premature on July 12, 2008. She said she first noticed the sore on his groin while he was in the NICU and brought it to the attention of doctors. Three days later, she held him in her arms as he died.”

  • By the time Children's Hospital began investigating deadly fungus in 2009, three children had already died
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Wednesday April 16, 2014)

    The Times-Picayune reports: “In 2009, Children’s Hospital began investigating an outbreak of a deadly fungal infection that was being transferred to patients through hospital linens. By the time hospital officials reached out to state and federal health officials about the matter, three children had already died. It is not clear if the families of the already deceased children were ever informed of the outbreak. “

  • Children's Hospital investigated five patient deaths from deadly fungal disease in 2009
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Tuesday April 15, 2014)

    The Times-Picayune reports: “Five children died at Children’s Hospital in 2008 and 2009 after coming in contact with a deadly fungus transmitted to them through the linens they slept on, according to court records, interviews and a new report published by a pediatric medical journal.”

  • Many doctors treating state's prisoners have disciplinary records themselves
    Source: The Times-Picayune (Sunday July 29, 2012)

    Of the 15 doctors working full-time at Louisiana state prisons, nearly two-thirds have been disciplined by the state medical board for issues ranging from pedophilia to substance abuse to dealing methamphetamines.