The other day I read in the Seattle PI about a new system some local hospitals
have been using in order to cut back on the number of hospital infections.
It includes a lot of checks and balances and colleagues checking on one
another. Sounds like a good idea, right?
Well today I saw this article about how some VA hospitals are going to
limit the types of surgeries that can be performed to hopefully decrease
surgical deaths. Apparently some surgeries are too complicated to be performed
at some VA hospitals. Patients requiring those surgeries will need to
The Veterans Affairs Department so far has named five hospitals that will
be limited to performing less-complicated surgeries. They are located
in Alexandria, LA; Beckley, WV; Fayetteville, NC; Danville, IL; and Spokane,
WA. One hospital in Marion, IL, is not allowed to perform any inpatient
surgeries at all. This suspension has been in place since 2007 after investigators
discovered a troubling number of surgical deaths and poor care.