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Op-Ed: Compromising A Medical Board

Doctors’ Lobby Protect Their Own At Medical Board Op-Ed by Greer Levin  January 29, 2021 Governor Newsom appointed Dr. Richard Thorp to the Medical Board of California in July of 2019. His controversial appointment raises a glaring red flag for health care quality across the state. The Medical Board’s job is patient protection. Thorp’s recent …

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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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RN Refused To Join Cover-Up Of Fatal Med Errors

Introductory Statement From Shirley Barker, RN, BSN:   As nurses, we’re expected to be an “advocate” for our patients. Unfortunately, we are often stifled from fulfilling that role. I retired in 2013. During my 30 years of nursing for Los Angeles County, I was aware of medical errors leading to harm and sometimes death for …

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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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Understaffing In The ER Claimed, ER Nurse Fired

Lawsuit States ER Clinical Coordinator At HCA Hospital Was Fired For Claiming Understaffing In The ER The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Nurse Julie Stephens filed a lawsuit against Portsmouth Regional Hospital (HCA Health Services of New Hampshire.) According to the lawsuit, Nurse Stephens made repeated complaints about understaffing in the ER that resulted …

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