patient injuries

  • More than 750 U.S. hospitals face penalties in Medicare's crackdown on patient infections and injuries. Photo by Flickr user Azat Akhyarov
    June 23, 2014   BY Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News 

    During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina.

    Comatose and on a respirator for six weeks, she contracted pneumonia. “When they stopped the sedation and I woke up, I had no idea what had happened to me,” said Handron, 60. “I kind of felt like Rip Van Winkle.” Continue reading