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  • Woman Waterboarded: Police Arrest Jermeller Steed and Cicely Reed For Mock-Drowning On Elderly Patient

    “Two nursing home employees in Georgia were arrested for allegedly attacking an elderly woman in a ‘manner similar to waterboarding,’ according to local police.”

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  • Why Not The Best? Comparative Reports on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.

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  • On April 2, 2009 Alicia posted:

    My father died of complications due to a medical mix up–this type of thing needs to stop…

  • On April 2, 2009 Lynne Muelle posted:

    A friend acquired Staph in hospital while she recovered from back surgery. She had to have some bones removed from the spine and the spine fused. Today she walks bent over, with a stick, is in much pain and looks much older than she is. This infection should not have occurred!

  • On April 2, 2009 Mary Ann Camp posted:

    My husband came close to dying after surgery. The hospital was overcrowded and he was put on a floor where the personnel was not trained to care for him after this particular surgery. It was very scary.

  • On April 2, 2009 Daniela Nunez posted:

    Thanks for sharing your stories! If you have a story to share, please share them at the link below so we can get them in our system. Thanks!

  • On April 2, 2009 J. Linden posted:

    My daughter was hospitalized for pancreatitis. While in the hospital she got massive diarrhea, fever, pain, all of which lasted a long time. It turns out that she had gotten hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile colitis. Fortunately, with a lot of antibiotics and time, she got better. Beware: This can easily be a fatal infection! This is all due to a lack of sanitation on the part of healthcare works who carry the bacteria from one patient room to another. Great work on the part of the hospital, right?

  • On April 8, 2009 [email protected] posted:

    Too many lives are at stake when in a hospital that is supposed to provide care, and safety. Hospital administrators should be monitoring medication doses to ensure it is the right med, right dose, and right time to administer the drug.

  • On April 29, 2009 Walter Huff posted:

    Medical errors usually happen because RN’s are over worked and have too many patients. Decreasing the nurse to patient ratio would be the single greatest thing that could be done to reduce medical errors. We need a Federal Bill to do just that.

  • On January 21, 2010 Kris Jones posted:

    I could bet that any of the above posts occurred at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur where we have experienced nightmare care.

  • On January 21, 2010 Dr. Carl Langlois posted:

    Through many years of visitations at hospitals and in speaking with many hundreds, if not thousands, of patients, it is the bacteria or virus which is transmitted in the hospital which is most feared, and rightfully so. This simple procedure should be mandatory for all staff who in any way come into contact with patients or other staff who come in contact with patients. All patients and patient families should ask all doctors, nurses, and other staff members if they have washed their hands prior to checking on them.

  • On January 23, 2010 Ann Hombordy posted:

    I am a teacher and I got a MRSA infection on my spine. I went to Cobb Hospital and they sent me home and said I had the flu. My PCP sent me to another hospital or I would have died.

  • On January 29, 2010 James Martin posted:

    I asked for my medical records from Chandler Hospital and they said IF my dr. ok’ed it, they would provide them. However, I would have to pay a “processing fee” of $25.00!

  • On August 18, 2010 Dr. Carl Langlois posted:

    Through personal experience and questions to friends who perform surgery and other medical procedures at local hospitals in Augusta, GA, I was informed that a new policy exists in most hospitals in Augusta, and especially several which were mentioned to me, that sterile gloves must be worn when any contact is made with a patient. Sterile gloves can be seen in each patient’s room for use of the doctors, nurses, and technicians. A doctor will don the gloves upon entering the patient’s room and will remove the gloves as his exits, not taking the gloves with him/her to the next room. This procedure would seem to help greatly reduce the transmittance of disease and bacteria from one patient to another. A recent stay I had at a local hospital confirmed this procedure is practiced. I must also add that I think all MSTs should receive re-training by the registered nurses.

  • On January 13, 2011 K posted:

    The ObGyn kept my daughter waiting for hours at the hospital pumped up with drugs to stop her contractions until AFTER office hours were over. The baby was breach and in continuous distress. Hospital records showed the nurses called and begged the doctor to come but she wouldn’t. This happened at Northside. Now we are getting services from Babies Can’t Wait for a developmental disability that should and could have been prevented! Shame on the doctor, the nurses and Northside for trying to cover this up!

  • On June 21, 2011 Paul Loudenslager posted:

    C’mon Georgia, lets get our hospitals and doctors to act responsibly. The above comments show that this isn’t happening. In the medical profession, there is no room for error. We all make mistakes, but if the medical profession know thay are going to be taken to task for shoddy practicing, they might just improve. Let’s at least try and get them to adhere.

  • On June 21, 2011 Petra-Ann B. posted:

    It starts as something very small….such as making an appointment with a Dermatologist only to find out when you get in the examination room that a “medical assistant” has come to your aide. I did not want to see a medical assistant, I made an appointment to meet with the Doctor!!! It should not be assumed that a patient will be okay with seeing anyone other than the Doctor.

  • On June 21, 2011 Ron Rosen, MD posted:

    My aunt who lives in Lenox,Ga. went into the hospital in Tifton, Ga with a routine gall bladder operation in good health. She died during the operation & NO autopsy was performed. The Georgia Medical Board doesn’t police rural & small town hospitals like it does urban. If you enter a rural, small town Ga. hospital make sure you have a will & life insurance because you’re taking a big risk of even surviving routine procedures. If this hospital cared at all about cause of death why wouldn’t it insist on a autopsy OR does every routine gall bladder operation END in death. I’m not aware of any studies done in rural & small town Ga. concerning the people hospitals bury without cause of death. Ga has a lack of qualified physicians in its smaller rural towns so the medical board doesn’t need any less no matter how bad they are…Ron Rosen,MD

  • On July 10, 2011 Dr. Carl Langlois posted:

    Once again health situations put me into one of the hospitals in Augusta, GA. I was there about one week. Each time someone entered the room to take my temperature, check vitals, or in any way come into direct contact with me, they donned sterilized gloves and tossed into a special container upon leaving. This procedure was carefully followed by all doctors, nurses, MSTs, etc. From my inquiries of visiting doctors from TN and other regional hospitals, I was told this practice is now in effect at those hospitals as well. This relatively new practice will help eliminate patient transmitted illnesses and we applaud this procedure.

  • On September 28, 2011 [email protected] posted:

    I read an article about sterile gloves in patients rooms in hospital. Boxed gloves are not sterile. These gloves are imported and exposed to who knows what type on contamination. A sterile gloves in 1 pair ( 2 Gloves) in a sealed package not 50 to a 100 in a cardboard box tht when open is futher contaminated. This is the source of your infection..

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