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Never events impact patients every day: Here's what to know

Never events, which are appropriately named for being events that should have never happened, are medical mistakes or errors made that should have been easily avoided. Some common never events include operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong part of the patient, performing the wrong operation and leaving items inside the patient following surgery.

Arizona Court of Appeals Affirms $4.25M Judgment Against Hospital For Negligence

In Orosco v. MCSHCD, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the jury's $4.25M verdict for permanent injuries a patient suffered when a resident and nurse decided to not tell anyone they lost a two-foot metal guide wire. The wire was lost in the patient, causing the patient to lose his right femoral artery that supplied blood to his leg. The patient also suffered femoral nerve damage and chronic pain. The hospital initially denied doing anything wrong. The patient had to file a lawsuit. During litigation the hospital eventually had to admit negligence. Doing so, the hospital still denied their negligence caused any significant harm. The jury and the Court of Appeals did not agree. It took a jury and the court system to hold the hospital accountable. In a Memorandum Decision, the Court of Appeals stated: "The jury decides the appropriate amount of damages....we are not shocked by the amount of the verdict, nor is the verdict an exaggerated measurement of damages." 

Truly chilling implications: when hospitals get hacked

When readers hear the words "restoring normal operations," they might reasonably think of something like getting the lights back on at the ballpark following a power outage. Getting back to normal might also apply to something like getting the planes back in the air and landing routinely once an oil spill on a runway has been cleaned off, or resuming full speed at a factory following a work stoppage.

Update on superbug infections: materially understated

Many of our readers across Maricopa County and Arizona likely remember with crystal clarity -- and perhaps unchecked horror -- news that began surfacing in 2012 regarding the outbreak in some hospitals in the United States and abroad of a so-called "superbug."

A roll call of unflattering numbers relating to VA medical care

Regardless of how the following numbers are massaged, they certainly don't look good for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This bulleted summary of things gone wrong for the VA will certainly cause many of our readers across Arizona and elsewhere to duly reflect upon the sheer dimensions of substandard medical care that is unquestionably being administered to high numbers of patients at select VA facilities across the country.

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