Sunday, November 01, 2009

Public Health Care in the UK

But Michael Moore said it was wonderful. Baby died after 'massive overdose' of glucose - Telegraph

Trainees left to do work unsupervised. No second checks. Alarms ignored. Yeah, that sounds like what I would expect from government-run health care.
a trainee nurse, who had spent just three weeks in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, set up a machine supplying her with glucose incorrectly, flooding her body with the solution.

The levels of glucose in Poppy's blood rose to 20 times the maximum level they should have been, causing ''devastating effects'' to her body, St Pancras Coroner's Court in central London heard.
OK, people make mistakes. The equipment that was to have been used - that would have made this mistake impossible - was being used elsewhere in the hospital.
The nurses then failed to respond to alarms that sounded in the baby's cubicle which could have alerted them to the fatal error, as they were treating her for breathing problems instead.
Mistakes are one thing. Ignoring an alarm is something else.

An alarming statistic was cited - in relation to a similar story from earlier in the year.
This is a worrying incident. Research shows us that around 10 per cent of hospital admission result in adverse incidents. These are very alarming statistics.

But more alarming is that the real figure is even higher since many errors go unnoticed by hospital staff.
10 percent of hospital admissions result in "adverse incidents." (That is injury and death.)

Yeah, I can see how everyone thinks public run health care is the answer. (But hey, the UK spends less per capita on health care than we do.)

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