Have you ever wondered how PA hospitals stack up in terms of areas like safety and standards of care? Well, you can check online at any time. A website called The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from medical errors and avoidable injuries, accidents, and infections. You can access the website here: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Although many hospitals in our area appear to meet a good quality standard of care, it is not universal across all locations.
A little while ago, our blog highlighted the recent lawsuit that hit UPMC involving mold and the impact it had on organ donation (our original blog post can be found by clicking this link). According to updated news reports, the same families of the organ transplant patients are now also including UPMC's linen provider in the lawsuit. The linen service was added to the lawsuit after the same type of mold that killed the transplant patients was also found at the linen plant. The families' position is that the mold from the hospital (and their linens) resulted in mold in the transplant patients' lungs, which ultimately caused their deaths. The linen plant has issued a statement regarding their position on the matter as well.
Medical malpractice is hard to prove in the legal world, but negligent doctors and hospitals should be held accountable when failing to properly diagnose or implement improper treatments that lead to severe injuries. Pain, suffering, medical bills (both past and future) and a lost earnings are just a portion of the hardships that patients have to endure as a result of medical malpractice. If you feel that you or a loved one has been a victim of hospital negligence that led to severe injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100 for a consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr.
In interesting news, Penn State-University Park recently hosted a speaker who advocates for patient safety in the area. The speaker, Sorrel King, told the story of her 1 1/2 year old daughter who died as a result of medical error. According to a news article released by Penn State, King's daughter Josie died due to dehydration and an incorrectly administered drug while being treated at a hospital in Baltimore. As a result of her daughter's death, King wrote a book and started a foundation to advocate for patient safety and help facilitate changes in the health care industry. As King noted in her speech, she felt that her daughter's death was due to a lack of effective communication, and not from doctor/nurse mistakes.
A report written by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to examining the U.S. healthcare system, wrote an article about hospital safety and hospitals that are improving their safety scores. According to the article, which can be read in its entirety at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, over 700 participating hospitals received a safety score of "A" this year. Many hospitals made drastic improvements, but over 150 earned a "D" or "F" score. Although many hospitals improved their ratings within many measured areas of patient safety and care, other areas declined. How do Pennsylvania's hospitals rate? Find out here.