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  • Deadly Delay: Tampa's Broken Ambulance System

    An ambulance responding to a heart attack call broke down, costing the patient valuable time that could have saved his life. The ABC Action News I-Team found out that ambulance was old, was unreliable and, unfortunately, was typical of Tampa's advanced life support ambulance fleet. We discovered the city spent millions of new parks from the same fund which could have replaced aging ambulances, which put lives at risk.
  • Falling Apart

    The roads and bridges Americans drive on every day are in dire need of repair or replacement - many of them are "on life support." Nearly 70,000 bridges in the U.S. are deemed structurally deficient - that's one out of every nine bridges in the country. Steve Kroft reports on the critical condition of America's infrastructure and why the problem persists.
  • An Impossible Choice

    inewsource exposed and documented a world where thousands of people, tethered to tubes and machines, are kept alive in places called “vent farms.” The state of California pays for all of their care, more than $600 million in 2013. A reporter and videographer secured unprecedented access to one of these units, producing an unvarnished portrayal of a system that keeps people alive at all costs. inewsource told the stories of families who refuse to let go of their loved ones when there’s no hope for recovery. And it became the first to compile and analyze California’s data on this population, learning that if the government wasn’t footing the bill for this care, this population wouldn’t exist.
  • Moms: Hospital Killed Our Kids

    The outside of the Kentucky Children's Hospital is all colorful paintings and smiling photos, but inside there's a dark secret. Connor Wilson was the first to die, on August 30, at six months old. His parents, while heartbroken, didn't think anything was amiss until another baby in the same ward, Rayshawn Lewis-Smith, died. Then they found out Waylon Rainey, also on the cardiac surgery floor, coded and was on life support and a fourth baby, Jaxon Russell needed a second surgery at another hospital to fix a heart surgery he'd had a Kentucky Children's. All of these events happened within eight weeks, after which the hospital closed its cardiac surgery program and placed its chief surgeon on leave. When the parents asked the hospital questions, the hospital wouldn't answer them. When a local reporter started asking questions, the hospital sued her. When the state Attorney General asked these same basic questions - how many pediatric heart surgeries they did, their mortality rates - the hospital refused to hand over the data. When the AG ruled they were in violation of state law by not releasing their data, the hospital appealed the ruling. Now the hospital says they plan to re-open their pediatric cardiac surgery program, and these parents are up in arms. How could the hospital possibly open back up with this kind of track record, without even releasing the most basic safety data, which many other hospitals release all the time? And why haven't state or federal regulators rushed in to stop the program from re-opening - they haven't even opened an investigation. Elizabeth Cohen investigates.
  • Healthcare on Life Support

    "For six weeks a team of nine reporters from the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo (CIN) visited hospitals and clinics and talked with the people who work and are treated there. They found a healthcare system that is desperately sick." The reporters analyzed the various problems in the system, examined funding issues and consulted experts on possible solutions.
  • Call For Help

    The Washington City Paper reports on a local fire district and how its tardiness caused a young woman to ultimately die. "In 1999, the year Julia Rusinek died, D.C. firefighters and emergency medical workers responded to about 120,000 medical calls. That is an average of one call every 4.38 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the same year . . . it took rescuers in the nation's capital an average of 10 minutes, 44 seconds to get advanced life support to the scene of a medical emergency- nearly twice the national average of five minutes, 24 seconds." The article details the length of time it took rescuers to get to Rusinek, the circumstances surrounding her death and the changes the fire department is trying to implement because of this case.