August 12, 2008
I APPRECIATED Kenneth Braithwaite's Aug. 6 letter on my op-ed "8 Tips for Surviving a Hospital Stay. " Hospitals are making efforts to improve safety to save more lives, and patients are grateful. But that process will be slow- going given the magnitude of the preventable, fatal errors. Hospital care is hazardous to a patient's health. HealthGrades' most recent report (Fifth Annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, 2008) says that nearly a quarter of a million deaths in hospitals were found to be preventable.
May 22, 2008 |
Gov. Corzine met with employees at the troubled Ancora Psychiatric Hospital yesterday before announcing a package of reforms being implemented there. Primarily, the changes are geared toward reducing overcrowding and restructuring patient care at the state-run hospital, which has suffered through a number of high-profile patient escapes and deaths in recent years. "It's been a tough period for people who care deeply about the patients being served," Corzine said. "I take this issue of how we deal with our mental health delivery system seriously.
March 3, 2008 |
Registered nurse Patrice Arrell was ready with her standardized pre-op checklist when the patient arrived at Chester County Hospital on Tuesday morning for an operation to replace his aching right knee. She made sure that the staff reviewed the 62-year-old's medical history and pre-admission records, and conducted a slew of routine tests. And Arrell herself put a "compression stocking" on the patient's left leg long before he was wheeled off to the operating room. The tight-fitting hosiery prevents blood from accumulating in an inactive leg. Confirming that it is used, every time, is one of many steps the hospital has devised to lower the risk of potentially deadly blood clots after surgery.
February 17, 2007 |
Temple University Health System said yesterday that it would cut 500 jobs in a major reorganization attempting to restore financial health to the four-hospital network, which serves as the safety net for some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. In a city with no public hospital, Temple has, to a degree, been forced into that role, and is now caught between the rising cost of care and the decreasing Medicaid payments to treat those patients that account for nearly half its admissions.
December 10, 2005 |
A Haddon Township doctor accused of submitting inflated bills to insurance companies was ordered yesterday to suspend his practice for six months and take courses in medical record-keeping and professional ethics, authorities said. Dennis M. Scardigli, whose main practice is based in Westmont, must also reimburse the state $135,000 for the cost of the investigation, according to a spokesman for the state Division of Consumer Affairs. Scardigli also had been charged with providing inadequate clinical examinations, preparing inadequate records of his motor-vehicle-accident patients, and making unnecessary referrals of his patients to other businesses that he owned: the Psychophysiological Assessment and Treatment Center, and South Jersey Diagnostics.
May 10, 2005 |
Patients can now create their own online medical records, receive electronic health alerts tailored to their ailments, and exchange e-mail with their doctors free of charge, under a service unveiled yesterday. The for-profit venture, called iHealthRecord, is part of an ongoing trend toward converting patient records, many of which still are maintained on paper, to the Internet. Health-care economists say conversion of patient records to databases linked to the Internet would save billions of dollars and greatly improve patient care by, among other things, helping to avoid medical errors.
December 19, 2004 |
It's just after 7 p.m. and Dr. Daniel Sterman is starting his rounds through the surgical intensive-care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dressed in green scrubs and holiday red socks, Sterman checks first on William Kinney, 50, who was hit by a car while riding his bike. His long list of injuries includes a perforated lung and fractured pelvic bones. Sterman takes a look at Kinney and the monitors tracking his breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, and blood oxygen saturation.
June 24, 2004 |
The company that dominates management of mental-health care in the region has told therapists it will cut their pay in September, a move that psychologists say could reduce patient access to treatment and put some large psychological groups out of business. At meetings this month, representatives of Magellan Health Services told representatives of about 30 psychological group practices that it was restructuring the way it provided services to subscribers of Independence Blue Cross' Keystone Health Plan East, group managers said.
April 26, 2004 |
Joann Folz pushed through wind and rain, her clear plastic poncho fluttering as she picketed in a strike begun a week ago by nurses at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. "We need to stand up for our rights," Folz said yesterday. The union has asked that the public boycott the hospital and suggested that patient care was suffering as the strike entered its second week. The hospital administration said that there had been no loss of care, and that the union was trying to "grandstand and scare off the public.
December 12, 2003 |
Faced with a serious shortage of nurses and increasing resistance to mandatory overtime, hospitals are struggling to balance patient care and labor costs. The month-old nurses' strike at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital is the latest battle in a war being waged around the nation. The 271 nurses at MCP have twice rejected the hospital's contract proposal, saying it would permit forced overtime, would not allow them a voice in staffing, and would reduce benefits for nurses working weekend shifts.