The Joint Commission which is an organization that evaluates hospitals has issued its second annual report of hospital performance. Connecticut is one of only three states nationally without a single hospital designated as a "Top Performer." The other two states are North Dakota and South Dakota.
Recently, a 12-year-old-boy, Rory Staunton, died of sepsis in a New York hospital. Rory had gotten a cut on his arm while playing basketball with his friends. Bacteria got into the cut and a few days later Rory was dead. The sepsis was a result of undiagnosed Streptococcus pyogenes, otherwise known as Strep A. Strep A is the bacteria that gives us Strep throat and is easily curable with a course of antibiotics. If it goes undiagnosed or untreated, however, it can have dire consequences, as was the case with Rory Staunton.
The New York Times is reporting that cardiologists have been performing unnecessary and dangerous cardiac procedures at HCA hospitals in Florida.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/business/hospital-chain-internal-reports-found-dubious-cardiac-work.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
We filed a lawsuit this week against Yale-New Haven Hospital and a surgeon, Dr. Joseph Akar, on behalf of a client who fell from the operating table following a fairly routine procedure. The woman went to the hospital for the implantation of a pacemaker and while still under anesthesia from the procedure fell from the table to the floor. She hit the floor with such force that she suffered a head injury, a broken collar bone, broken hip, and broken toe. Hitting her head caused bleeding around the lining of her brain. She also damaged her back. The woman, who prior to the incident was independent and energetic, is now a shut-in, dependent on others.
Recently, there have been several reports in the news of cases of necrotizing fasciitis, also known as the "flesh-eating bacteria." First we heard about Aimee Copeland, a 24 year-old graduate student in Georgia, who has already had one leg amputated, and had her remaining foot and her hands amputated, as a result of contracting necrotizing fasciitis. Then we heard about Lana Kuykendall, an Atlanta woman who gave birth to twins on May 7. She returned to a hospital in South Carolina on May 11 after noticing a rapidly expanding bruise on her leg. She remains in the hospital, intubated and sedated, and at this point the flesh-eating bacteria appears to be confined to her leg.