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#1 Old 06-13-2007, 05:27 PM
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LOS ANGELES - A woman who lay bleeding on the emergency room floor of a troubled inner-city hospital died after 911 dispatchers refused to contact paramedics or an ambulance to take her to another facility, newly released tapes of the emergency calls reveal.





full article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19207050/?GT1=10056





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#2 Old 06-13-2007, 06:59 PM
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King-Harbor is probably the worst hospital in the Los Angeles area. I don't think a day goes by when there's isn't something about that place in the news. Every day I feel grateful that I don't have to use that hospital, but I do feel sorry for those who DO have to go there.

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Deadly Errors and Politics Betray a Hospital's Promise



WARNING: The above article is not for the faint of heart. It's really heart-rending.

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I heard about this, too. What's worse is if you read about the 911 calls. Then the police came and tried to arrest her for a parole violation. WT...?
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Deadly Errors and Politics Betray a Hospital's Promise



WARNING: The above article is not for the faint of heart. It's really heart-rending.

Holy crap! The other stuff in this article is even worse than that lady dying. And you only linked to part 1 in the series.



There are 5 more parts. This sounds like the hospital from HELLLLLLLLLL!
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How is this hospital still running?
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That's just sick. Have the hospital staff given any sort of reason (read: excuse) as to why they just stood there and let that women die?



I can't even bring myself to read the link Amy put up ... what a craptastic excuse for a hospital.
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That's just sick. Have the hospital staff given any sort of reason (read: excuse) as to why they just stood there and let that women die?



I can't even bring myself to read the link Amy put up ... what a craptastic excuse for a hospital.



According to my local news as to why they didn't help her was...

Because she had just been released from the hospital the other day and they considered her a complainer.

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Deadly Errors and Politics Betray a Hospital's Promise



WARNING: The above article is not for the faint of heart. It's really heart-rending.



OMG, thats horrible. how are they still running
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'may god strike you too.'

good going, lady. i would have had worse words for them than that. and i would have called everyone. i would have called anyone i could think of. call the news and say 'the hospital is refusing my _______ service and now she is going to die on the emergency room floor.'

cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.
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I'm not going to read any of the links, I've seen the trailer of Sicko on youtube and Michael Moore on Oprah yesterday (also on youtube)



I've had enough for now, but it's clear that a change in the U.S medical system would be good.



(though I have serious doubts it will happen)



Imho that's what you get if you put companies interests over human interests
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Speaking of King, This hospital sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel...
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This is nothing unusual whatsoever. Stuff like this happens many times a day, every day, in public hospitals all over the us. And patients with medicaid or with no insurance do not get delivered by amublances to private hospitals. They know the priv hosp just won't take such patients. A reporter decided to make news of it one day. Most of the time, reporters don't take any notice any more than hospital personnel take notice, or utility companies take notice when they shut of juice to people with oxygen pumps or whatever. Some of you would like to believe it is the exception to the rule, but it is not.



Note how both the 911 operator and the hospital just said this is someone else's problem to deal with; I've done my job. They both probably thought to themself, well its not my job but there is someone who will take care of the woman. And you, the public, do the same thing, when you pretend, and tell people, that if they just try a little harder and think more positive, they can get help, with health, housing, elect shut off, whatever it is. You are relinquishing reponsibility just the the 911 op and the hospital did. You are no better than they are.
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When I had bleeding ulcers I was taken to a private hospital where they took a regular x-ray (as opposed to a cat scan), released me and told me I had nothing serious. I could have bled to death. Finally, after 2 weeks of being unable to move due to severe anemia from bleeding and being unable to eat due to the ulcers, and going down for 140 pounds to 110 pounds, my son condescended to take me to a private gastro-enterologist who said he was willing to take Medicare-Medicaid. If I had had medicaid alone he probably would not have seen me.



After cat scans showed nothing he dropped a camera into my stomach and found dozens of ulcers in stomach and duodenum. If my son had not brought me I probably would have died after a few more weeks. I simply was unable to eat any food and was bleeding internally. I was unable to take care of myself because I had just bled too much and had no more energy. I could barely stand up at all. the second time I called an ambulance and was taken to the hospital, about a week after the first time, they did the same thing. Took another plain x-ray and told me to leave, despite the fact that I had lost 15 pounds since the last time they saw me a week before.
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And you, the public, do the same thing, when you pretend, and tell people, that if they just try a little harder and think more positive, they can get help, with health, housing, elect shut off, whatever it is. You are relinquishing reponsibility just the the 911 op and the hospital did. You are no better than they are.



Yes, every single one of us would have done the same thing, right?
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"California Moves to Revoke King-Harbor license. Hospital Would be Forced to

Close."



California is probably engaing in show business. I've seen this happen before. Eventually everyone "comes to realize" that NO hospital would be the worse thing imaginable, so something has to be done to keep the hospital functioning. They get slapped on the wrist, an orderly get fired, and the hospital is technically closed down but the close down order is "not being enforced" provided the hospital paints 4 rooms and gets a new phone in the emergency room.
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i thought it was interesting to learn the statistic that more people died on Sept 11, 2001 due to hospital error than in the WTC, the Pentagon, and PA combined.



i'll try to find the source and link it.
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