Tuesday, April 12, 2005


King-Drew drops the ball

Someone is going to have to give me a really good reason why King-Drew Medical Center shouldn't have a padlock put on their front door tomorrow morning. Here's the latest incident, as reported in a secret memo that was leaked to the LA Times.
Another patient hooked up to a cardiac monitor died at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center recently after nurses failed to notice the patient's deteriorating vital signs, Los Angeles County health officials reported in a confidential memo late Monday.

The death last month is the sixth case in 21 months in which a critically ill patient at the county-owned hospital was virtually ignored while monitors designed to alert nurses to trouble went unheeded.

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