Many of the differences in the quality of patient care – as well as potential abuses and negligence – that can be encountered in nursing homes can be encountered in hospitals as well.
Today (June 3, 2014) the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “VA Hospitals Vary Widely In Patient Care.” The article discusses a variety of issues, mostly pertaining to the difference in care and certain metrics regarding care at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals.
A couple of excerpts:
The rate of potentially lethal bloodstream infections from central-intravenous lines was more than 11 times as high among patients at the Phoenix facility than it was at top VA hospitals, data from the year ended March 31, 2014, show.
Those infections, called sepsis, can quickly cause multiple organ failure and kill an otherwise relatively healthy patient within days or even hours. The data don’t show what percentage of patients died as a result.
Variations in the quality of health care exist outside the VA system as well, though it is difficult to measure because relatively small numbers of hospital groups report a range of medical outcomes. But some experts in medical-quality measurement say the VA discrepancies stand out.
The article also discusses other issues, such as variations in the “30-day death rate” among VA hospitals.
Additional details and statistics can be found in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.
Should you or someone you care for experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.
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