Patient Safety Group: “We’re Burying a Population the Size of Miami”

LeapfrogAt the inception of the Leapfrog Group, the hospital industry hailed it as the “gold standard” of quality measurement.  Leapfrog’s latest report, however, denounces the industry for moving too slowly on patient safety improvements, and hospitals are crying “foul.”

Doth they protest too much?

How safe are you in your hospital?  It’s time for a Safe Patient Standard we can all depend on, no matter when or where we are hospitalized.

“We are burying a population the size of Miami every year from medical errors that can be prevented.” – Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog

 

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arlene townsend staffing award

Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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