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King/Drew hospital is making headlines again over it's poor safety record. A 28 year old man suffering from AIDS was taken to hospital because of pneumonia. Nurses allegedly turned of the alarms on his vital-signs monitor and didn't notice when he started to have respiratory problems. He died of respiratory failure. In another case, a delayed caesarean delivery resulted in the child's brain damage. The woman was awarded $2.5 million compensation. In another case a large baby became stuck in the delivery canal resulting in permanent damage to it's arm. The mother was awarded $375,000 compensation. Another 46 year old meningitis patient was accidentally given Gleevac, a leukemia drug, for four days. He was then allegedly given insufficient doses of a required drug and extra doses of a drug not prescribed for him. He was also injected with an anti-psychotic drug that wasn't ordered. The pharmacy was also riddled with cases of medication errors. It is alleged that the hospital is understaffed and the quality of the staff and morale is undermining patient safety.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Los Angeles Times
About: King/Drew hospital allegedly suffers from serious patient safety problems
Date: 7 December 2004
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber
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