My mother, 83, had knee replacement surgery at a small hospital in Wisconsin. Two days after surgery she developed shortness of breath and pressure in her chest. My sister, our mother’s caregiver, had to bring this to the attention of the medical staff. Chest x-rays were requested which revealed mild edema, enlarged cardiac silhouette, and Continue Reading
Consumers Union Documents
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- Push for Cameras in the Operating Room Source: Washington Post (Wednesday June 24, 2015)
“A movement is afoot to put cameras in operating rooms around the country, after a woman died from an anesthesia overdose.”
- Jeff Pitman: Legislation adds insult to injury in medical errors Source: The Cap Times (Friday October 11, 2013)
Some bills in Wisconsin would keep information about medical errors secret from patients and family members; and would prevent patients from using the statements of health care providers if they admit fault, liability or responsibility.
- Medical board rankings could vanish Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Monday August 19, 2013)
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Federation of State Medical Boards has stopped releasing state-by-state medical board disciplinary reports this year, and plans to issue a general report instead. Wisconsin ranks low in Public Citizen’s report on taking serious disciplinary action against doctors but lack of state-by-state data will stop enabling the rankings.
- Tests for 30 patients at Aurora Sinai are negative for superbug Source: Journal Sentinel (Friday July 19, 2013)
The Journal Sentinel reports that test results have come back negative for all 30 patients on the same floor at Aurora Sinai Medical Center as a patient in isolation with a CRE infection.
- Aurora Sinai patient has 'nightmare bacteria' infection Source: Journal Sentinel (Monday July 15, 2013)
The Journal Sentinel reports on a Aurora Sinai Medical Center patient confirmed to have a CRE infection. According to hospital official Bruce Van Cleave, 18 people have been infected with CRE in Wisconsin within the past year, and that this was not the first case seen at an Aurora facility.
- Medical Malpractice: Scant Discipline for Patient Injury, Death in Wisconsin
How to investigate your state medical examiner board
- Medical Malpractice: Scant Discipline for Patient Injury, Death in Wisconsin Source: Reporting on Health (Friday March 22, 2013)
David Wahlberg covers the scant discipline for patient injury, death in Wisconsin
- Medical Board says lack of money, authority ties hands and may attract subpar physicians to state Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Tuesday January 29, 2013)
Part 3 of a three-day State Journal special investigation on doctor discipline in Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Medical Board members say they’d like to be tougher on doctors but don’t have the authority or money to do so.”
- Some doctors not disciplined, even following large malpractice settlements Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Monday January 28, 2013)
Part 2 of a three-day State Journal special investigation on doctor discipline in Wisconsin: “Even in cases where a jury gives the patient a large award, the state may not take any disciplinary action against the doctor.”
- Wisconsin doctors who make mistakes often don't face serious consequences Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Sunday January 27, 2013)
A three-day State Journal special investigation on doctor discipline. Part 1: “Wisconsin rarely suspends or revokes medical licenses, leading some to question if the state does enough to ensure patient safety.”
The State Journal created a database with details of all 218 cases for which the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board disciplined doctors from 2010 to 2012. More than half of the doctors disciplined received reprimands, warnings that go on their records but don’t limit their practices.