According to a report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the number of human mistakes increased by almost 20 percent after losing an hour from daylight savings. Researchers used eight years' worth of data to study errors that occurred in the seven days before and after the spring and fall time changes. Most of the errors involved drug errors. In the days after switching to daylight saving time in the spring, health care workers may make more mistakes. Voluntary reporting of any patient safety-related incidents that could be caused by defective systems, human error, or equipment error is encouraged by The Mayo Clinic Health System.
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Five San Antonio hospitals are being penalized by federal regulators for high rates of what they have deemed to be preventable complications, including infections, blood clots after surgery, sepsis, bedsores, and hip fractures after falls. Under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the hospitals' Medicare payments will be reduced by 1 percent this year. Further, up to 3 percent of payments can be withheld by CMS for hospitals that have high readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure, bypass surgery, pneumonia, hip and knee replacements, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According to regulators, readmissions are expensive and can increase a patient's chances of infection. Additionally, federal officials claim readmission rates can be indicative of whether a hospital is doing a good job of preventing complications, providing clear discharge instructions to patients, and safely discharging them.
Several patients have filed suit against Porter Adventist Hospital and claimed that they went in for surgery, but left with infections. The suit states, "This lawsuit is premised upon allegations of corporate negligence by Defendant Porter and its leadership and staff, resulting in systemic and ongoing infection control breaches at Porter Adventist Hospital from mid-2015 through late 2018."
Shirell Powell was told her brother, Frederick Williams, had suffered brain damage after he overdosed. She then made the difficult decision to allow doctors to end life support for her brother. However, the staff at St. Barnabas Hospital had confused the man for Mr. Williams, which resulted in a stranger being taken off life support.
Staff Sergeant Aaron Merritt died in October 2014, which was nine months after he was honorably discharged and less than ten months after he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the Nashville VA. Carol and Steven Merritt, Aaron's parents, sued the VA in 2016 and claimed negligence after VA physicians failed to monitor Aaron's reaction to medications that were prescribed to him.
A woman in Canada gave birth in March and didn't seem to face any complications. She returned to the hospital the day after bringing her baby home and complained of stomach pains. She was told by her doctors that her stomach ache was a result of constipation, and she was sent home. The next day, she was rushed into emergency surgery due to a dangerous flesh-eating disease. She was then diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, which is an infection that results in the death of the body's soft tissue. Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe disease of sudden onset that spreads very quickly and usually enters the body through a break in the skin, such as a cut or burn. Unfortunately, the woman has had to go through multiple surgeries and has had her legs and arms amputated to prevent the spread of the infection. The woman remains mostly bedridden at the hospital several months later. She is now suing the hospital and the negligent doctors for not properly assessing her and for misdiagnosing her. She believes that if they had done their jobs properly when she first came in with symptoms, most of the damages could have been prevented and her limbs may have been spared from amputation.
A jury found Dr. Thomas Myers, a neonatologist, was negligent and has caused ongoing health problems for Tinley Parker, now five years old. They awarded more than $23 million to the family. According to the family's attorney, Tinley suffered massive blood loss at birth and was not fully transfused for approximately three hours after her birth. As a result, Tinley suffered brain damage and now has ongoing health problems, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
A Pennsylvania federal judge recently ruled that the federal government pay $41.6 million to a couple after determining that a doctor at a federally funded health clinic negligently used forceps to deliver the couple's baby, causing permanent brain damage. The judge held that the doctor's premature and multiple uses of forceps in attempting to deliver the baby caused the newborn permanent physical and intellectual disabilities.
In January 2015, the family of Michael Powall filed suit against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Hillcrest Hospital, Dr. Jack Lissauer, and Dr. David Weinerman. The family has alleged that the doctors caused the death of Mr. Powall, then 78-years-old, during a medical procedure.