Your Right To Know About the Potential of Patient Harm

centracare photoYou have a right to know about the details of your situation when you are in the hospital. Who is giving your care?  What is the workload for each provider?  And what kind of record does the hospital have when it comes to patient harm?    The Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services conducted a report released in January, 2012 that is eye-opening in its honesty regarding actual number of patient harm incidences that actually occur but are not reported.  Here’s just one finding of the report:

The administrators acknowledged that incident reporting systems provide incomplete information about how often events occur, but they continue to rely on the systems primarily because they value staff accounts of events.

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Patient Story

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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