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March 26, 2009
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Beth Israel doctor dozed during surgery, report says
When Loren J. Borud, MD, began his first case at about 8 a.m., an operating room nurse noticed he looked tired and wobbly. She was so concerned that she suggested Borud postpone his next patient. He said he had been up all night working on a book, but he kept operating, starting a second case, during which he briefly fell asleep, according to a report from Massachusetts investigators. These findings are part of a report in which state Department of Public Health investigators found that Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provided poor care to Borud's second patient that day. The patient sued the hospital—the two have since settled out of court. [Read More]

Survey of doctors shows problems, improvements at TX-based JPS
Doctors working at Texas-based JPS Health Network clinics are often forced to send patients to the emergency room just to get them admitted. Necessary equipment and medical supplies are also missing, and a recent survey shows that JPS doctors still would not recommend family or friends to seek treatment at their facilities. But the physicians gave JPS' new administration high marks, as doctors and hospital executives have formed teams to look at widespread deficiencies identified in the survey. Hospital executives say they are encouraged by the fact that the highest scores in the survey are related to trust in department chairs and administration. [Read More]

Two babies' deaths at Miami Children's Hospital investigated
Miami-Dade Health Department officials are investigating what caused the deaths of two infants in a unit at Miami Children's Hospital. The hospital has confirmed that two infants died of undisclosed causes in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit last week. Specimens from the two children were sent to the state's health laboratory. Hospital administrators say, though, that it's not unusual for children, especially those born prematurely, to die as a result of infection. [Read More]

Mass. General Hospital paperwork for 66 patients lost on train
Paperwork containing the personal medical information of at least 66 patients at Massachusetts General Hospital was lost when an employee apparently left it on an MBTA train. The hospital sent out letters to patients whose identities were included in the lost paperwork, telling them the information listed their names and dates of birth, and private medical information, including their diagnoses and the name of the provider with whom they met. The hospital did follow privacy laws immediately after learning of the incident by alerting affected patients and authorities, including the state attorney general's office and the Department of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The patients affected have been advised to begin checking their credit reports. [Read More]

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