It’s been a bad few weeks for the image of hospitals in America.
Two weeks ago, a woman died in the emergency room of a New York Hospital waiting for a bed. She apparently waited over 24 hours, and surveillance cameras show her lying on the floor of the ER for more than an hour before an employee came to check on her. Several staff members have been suspended or fired, including doctors and the family intends to file a lawsuit for malpractice.
Last Sunday, a 34-year-old woman died after getting stuck in the elevator of a Des Moines, Iowa hospital.
And just yesterday it was reported that 17 infants were given overdoses of Heparin, a blood thinner, when nurses accidentally gave the infants 10,000 units of blood thinner instead of 10, as called for. One of the infants has died.
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