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Op-ed: The Invisible Pandemic

December 10, 2020 As a nurse and culture expert, I look for patterns.  The similarities between what is occurring in health care and law enforcement are remarkable. Both institutions are supposed to keep us safe. Yet both policing and healthcare hide their bad apples in a culture of secrecy.  The callous indifference to human life …

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Chaos In A General Surgery Residency Program

Vanderbilt General Surgery Resident, Gretchen Edwards BY BOB ALLER   04/07/2020  (10 min read) In April 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville), a resident from the general surgery residency program was instructed to place a central venous catheter.  During the procedure in the morning, (over 5 million central lines are placed each year), the resident …

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Air Embolism Linked To Central Line Death

Bob Aller   December 29, 2019 Revisions: January 22, 2020 Summary: Just after 1:30 pm on the afternoon of August 22, 2016, at Palms West Hospital in Florida, RN Linda Truempy entered the ICU room of a 25-year-old patient, Joshua Dziedzic. What followed was an event that should have never occurred. Josh was sitting up in …

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Doctor Claims Death was Natural. Yet, Nurse Indicted For Reckless Homicide

Charlene Murphey Death Certificate Questioned Bob Aller     Revisions: March 12, 2019.  Posted: March 9, 2019. The tragic death of Charlene Murphey at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been widely reported in the media. Recently, Hospital Watchdog received a copy of Charlene Murphey’s Death Certificate (#09801569). The date of death is December 27, 2017. (Out of …

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Patient Bleeds To Death After Colonoscopy

Introduction Bob Aller  Posted: February 18, 2019  Revisions: February 24, 2019 Last week Hospital Watchdog conducted an in-depth interview with Ms. Dena Royal, a former paramedic, and respiratory therapist. Dena’s mother, Martha Wright, bled to death following a colonoscopy and a series of tragic nursing mistakes at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville (pop. 10,000) …

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Vanderbilt Failed To Report Unnatural Patient Death

Horrifying, Fatal Medication Error Bob Aller  Revised: Feb 14, 2019. Posted: Feb 4, 2019 In November 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Statement of Deficiencies concerning the death of a patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). The 56-page report included staff statements about medical errors and hospital staff conduct that …

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