FDA took 14 months to warn public of deadly infections from heart surgery device

Kaiser Health News examined oversight on the part of federal officials responsible for regulating heart-surgery devices called heater-cooler machines. KHN found that although regulators knew that these machines, which are a crucial piece of equipment used for 60 percent of open heart surgeries, had been linked to infections, they failed to inform the public for…

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Report cites lax security at Washington psychiatric hospital after violent patients escape

An investigation by AP reporter Martha Bellisle revealed that corrections officials found evidence of multiple security failures during an investigation of Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital in April. The investigation followed the escape of two violent patients through a broken window that other patients had complained about “for quite some time.” Investigators found that there were…

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‘Superbug’ scourge spreads as U.S. fails to track rising human toll

An investigation by Reuters found that U.S. officials are doing a poor job tracking infection-related deaths. When a hospital patient who contracts a drug-resistant bacterial infection dies, his or her death certificate often fails to mention the infection. Often, the document lists other factors involved in the patient’s death – like a serious medical condition.…

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A broken system forgives sexually abusive doctors in every state

After reviewing more than 100,000 public documents from all 50 states, analyzing thousands of individual cases and interviewing patients, doctors and advocates across the country, a team of reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached disturbing conclusions. Sexual abuse of patients by doctors occurs far more often than the profession has acknowledged. Moreover it is shrouded…

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Unreported study from Medtronic shows complications with medical device

Medtronic employees reviewed the medical records from 3,600 patients who received the firm’s bone-fusion product, Infuse, according to an investigation by the Star Tribune. Doctors were to report any “adverse events” that occurred after surgery, and records show that doctors reported more than 1,000 of these kinds of issues, including four instances where patients died.…

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New York lags in vetting nurses, allows dangerous nurses to continue working

In New York, those applying for a nursing license do not have to undergo a simple background check or submit fingerprints, according to an investigation by ProPublica. And nurses in New York who provide inept care, abuse patients or steal drugs are often disciplined years later. In one instance, a nurse in the Bronx was…

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Mentally ill abused, neglected inside Minnesota treatment center

KSTP investigated dangerous conditions at Minnesota’s largest mental health hospital, which is currently understaffed, under a federal review, and being threatened with a loss of funding, unless conditions improve. Through interviews with current and former employees, and a review of state records, KSTP exposed a pattern of abuse and neglect, and a state government lacking…

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Psychiatrists voiced concerns, asked to work from home

The largest psychiatric hospital in Washington state could lose federal dollars over safety concerns related to inadequate staffing, according to the Associated Press. However, two of the hospital’s psychiatrists, who criticized management at the hospital, were asked to work from home when federal inspectors were expected to visit. The two psychiatrists voiced concerns about the…

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Assaults on staff at Washington psychiatric hospital costing state millions

After filing a Public Records Act request to the Washington Department of Labor and Industry to find out how often the state’s largest psychiatric hospital has been cited for safety violations, the AP found startling statistics. Hundreds of hospital employees at have suffered concussions, fractures, bruises and cuts during assaults by patients, resulting in millions…

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Families struggle with Ohio’s mental-health-care system

Like cancer in the 1960s and AIDS in the 1980s, suicide is a public-health crisis — one whose victims largely have been ignored by lawmakers, medical professionals and much of the public. It is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and claims three Ohioans every day. The Columbus Dispatch spent nine…

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