Hospital Lab Tech Gets 39 Years For Infecting Patients With Hepatitis

Staff strike hits Sassoon, hospital says all is well





2, 2013 David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician accused of infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C through tainted needles, is shown in this undated photo. U.S. Attorney's Office/AP Photo A New Hampshire hospital lab technician who pleaded guilty in August to infecting at least 46 people with hepatitis C was sentenced today to 39 years in prison. David Kwiatkowski , 34, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital, admitted to stealing syringes of medical coding the anesthetic fentanyl intended for patients, injecting his own arm and then refilling those empty syringes with saline, according to the United States Attorney's Office in New Hampshire. Read about Kwiatkowski's indictment. Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty in August exchange for a lighter prison sentence, according to the plea agreement obtained by ABCNews.com. Kwiatkowski tested positive for hepatitis C in June 2010, and passed the infection on to the hospital patients who were injected with his used, saline-filled syringes, according to the plea agreement. At least one patient he treated died in Kansas, and a coroner determined hepatitis C played a role in that death. According to the plea agreement, Kwiatkowski had been fired or forced to quit for stealing and replacing syringes at least as far back 2008, but he would simply move on to the next hospital. Source - http://abcnews.go.com/Health/hospital-lab-tech-39-years-infecting-patients-hepatitis/story?id=21071571





Saud and Mansour inaugurate Khalifa Hospital





As a result of the agitation, the patients are facing severe negligence, which the hospital management has denied, maintaining that they had adequate staff and that the hospital was functioning normally. My 70-year-old sister has been lying on the stretcher since morning and there is no one attending to her, said Sunita Chandekar who had come to admit her sister at the hospital yesterday. Agitation: Patient care has taken a hit at Sassoon Hospital, as 102 temporary workers employed at the hospital have gone on an indefinite strike since November 25 Also, due to lack of manpower, the wards are being combined, with 80 patients in each ward and only one member of the working staff has been assigned to look after them. Besides, the hygiene at the hospital has taken a backseat due to the strike. But, the hospital authorities have denied that the strike was having any effect on the services at the hospital. Services are running smoothly in Sassoon and we are doing our level best in taking care of our patients, says Ajay Chandanwale, the Dean of Sassoon Hospital and B J Medical College. The superintendent of the hospital gave a similar response when asked if the hospital was facing any problems due to the ongoing agitation. The hospital is not facing any crisis as such. The remaining staff is working very hard to make up for the lack of task force, said D G Kulkarni, medical superintendent. Exploited Temporary workers have been working as provisional staff in the government hospitals across the state since the past 15 to 20 years. The court had issued an order three years ago, directing that these workers be made permanent, but the authorities till date have taken no action. Source - http://www.mid-day.com/news/2013/dec/041213-pune-staff-strike-hits-sassoon-hospital-says-all-is-well.htm





RWJ hospital: Security didn't detain family headed for deathbed goodbye





Shaikh Saud expressed his profound thanks to the President for his initiative to build the world-class Khalifa General Hospital in Umm Al Quwain. The Ruler of Umm Al Quwain made his remarks while officially inaugurating the hospital in the presence of Shaikh Rashid Bin Saud Bin Rashid Al Mualla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Quwain, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and a number of top officials. He said, We in the UAE are not only building modern hospitals and health-care centres across the country but we are, at the same time, working to develop organisational, legislative and legal frameworks that advance health services in both public and private sectors for the betterment of the individual and community. Shaikh Mansour said that construction of the Shaikh Khalifa Hospital in Umm Al Quwain translated the vision of the President on the organic relationship between health and development and the importance of delivering high quality, competitive health services responsive to the growing needs of both the individual and community. He added, The tour we conducted today in various wards, units and clinics of the hospital assured us of the advanced levels of services the health facility will provide and its role in promoting health awareness among both Emiratis and residents. He said the health facility was built as part of the Presidents initiatives for providing integrated, affordable health care and curative services for all consistent with best international standards. The hospital was designed and built based on the best international architectural specifications, manned with highly experienced professionals and fitted with the most advanced medical equipment, making it one of the best providers of health, diagnostic and curative centres in the state. The hospital will partner with Fatima College of Health Sciences (FCHS) to develop the nursing profession to train and attract more Emirati health professionals on board. Shaikh Saud and his entourage toured the 203-bed hospital which has another 30 beds in the emergency unit and 10 beds in the dialysis unit. The soft trial of the hospital started a year ago and up to October this year it had received 28,000 patients in the outpatient clinics. A total of 440 employees doctors, nursing staff, administrators and technicians were appointed. Source - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/health/saud-and-mansour-inaugurate-khalifa-hospital-1.1263375





Hospital, union negotiators make no progress





All this has triggered a wave of healthcare consolidation and some unusual alliances. "This is a sign of the times and you will see strange bedfellows working together," said Steve Valentine, president of the Camden Group, an El Segundo healthcare consulting firm. "Both UCLA and Cedars have a high cost structure, and here's an opportunity to bring in a cost-effective operator who can help them." But Valentine said the new hospital will face stiff competition from established providers across the region such as the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. Both Cedars and UCLA said joining forces with Select Medical gave them the best opportunity to address the business and financial challenges ahead. "We know there are significant constraints in the current healthcare environment, so it became apparent to both of our organizations that this was an opportunity for us to do something unique and special by doing it together," Priselac said. David T. Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, said there's a healthy competition with Cedars, but in this case it made more sense to collaborate. "Cedars is not the enemy," Feinberg said. "The real enemy is stroke, neurological conditions and other medical issues that require long-term rehabilitation." Both UCLA and Cedars say they are experiencing a shortage of beds for those patients. Cedars has 28 beds now; UCLA has just 11. Source - http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-1203-cedars-ucla-hospital-20131203,0,3829802.story





Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Health teaming up to open rehab hospital





The real value of the Valeo Program is that it provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for those in the LGBTQ community at this critical time. It is also important to note that most of our staff in the program identify as LGBT and come to the profession with a mission for serving others in the community." Through Valeo, there are inpatient and outpatient services, including intensive outpatient programs, traditional psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management. "We will continue to support our Valeo program as long as it is still seen as a value in having a specialized program for our community," Eaks said. "Trust me, I long for the day that we feel safe in treatment wherever we go in the mainstream world of healthcare. Unfortunately for many, medical billing that day is not here yet, and [thus] we must provide safe environments, [so those in] our community can feel supported and validated while on the road to recovery." Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, 4840 N. Marine Dr., collaborates and trains with other LGBTQ community partners, including Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago House, Safe Schools Alliance and TPAN ( Test Positive Aware Network ), Eaks said. In addition, "we seek out partnerships with these and other organizations for supportive aftercare programming upon discharge from our programs." The hospital also treats adolescents with gender and sexual orientation issues. "We have developed a strong reputation for really working well with families to effectively deal with these emerging issues in their children," Eaks said. Eaks said that the holiday season traditionally has been a time when many in the LGBT community deal with the stress of friends, family or isolation. "I think it is important that those faced with strained relationships and/or isolation prepare for the holidays in order to minimize the impact of these stressors on their mental health," he said. "Mental health professionals tell us that holiday blues are not uncommon for anyone, and does not necessarily mean you may be experiencing significant mental health issues. Source - http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Hospital-CEO-is-gay-partnered-nd-ready-to-marry/45406.html









However, a second security guard then prevented them from using it. Forced to run outside to the main entrance, they were met there by a group of security guards who stopped them, he said. Eventually they were allowed to proceed under escort, but only after receiving a lecture that lasted several minutes, Urbaniak said. When they finally arrived at the Cardiac Care Unit, the doctor told them their relative had just died. Urbaniaks claim triggered a flurry of media attention, with the hospital initially offering its condolences and indicating it would review security policies and training. In an updated statement, however, the hospital now says that while Urbaniak and his mother were redirected from the Emergency Room entrance to the main entrance, they were never detained. Urbaniak disputes that, as does his 65-year-old mother, Fran Urbaniak. We were taken to one side of the lobby and told we werent going anywhere, he said. I dont know how theyre defining detained, but if you ask me, thats detained. Fran Urbaniak said that when they ran into the main entrance, they were met by four guards who read us the riot act. She said the guard who had banned them from the ER elevator showed up in the lobby to claim shed been assaulted by John Urbaniak, who denied it. Hospital spokesman Peter Haigney declined to answer further questions about the hospitals statement. Source - http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/rwj_hospital_security_didnt_detain_family_headed_for_deathbed_goodbye.html





Hospital CEO is gay, partnered, nd ready to marry





THE SURGERY WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP THE 60-YEAR-OLD GET HER SPUNK BACK. BUT INSTEAD, HELEN'S ENERGY SEEMED TO RUN OUT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY HER HEART GOT BAD ALL OF A SUDDEN. Reporter: RECENTLY SHE ORDERED A COPY OF THE DOCTOR'S NOTES FROM HER MOM'S SURGERY AND THAT'S WHEN SHE FOUND A BOMBSHELL. THESE NOTES DETAIL A DISPUTE BETWEEN THE DOCTOR AND THE HOSPITAL. THE DOCTOR WANTED TO UP PLANT THE SAME BRAND OF DEVICE, BUT IN THESE DETAILED NOTES, HE SAID THE HOUSTON HOSPITAL BLOCKED HIM, TELLING HIM INSTEAD TO USE A PACEMAKER MADE BY A DIFFERENT COMPANY. THEY HAVE FORCED THIS POLICY AGAINST MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION, THE DOCTOR WROTE. HOSPITAL PERSONNEL TOLD ME CATEGORICALLY THEY HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING FOR CHEAPER DEVICES. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO DO IT THIS WAY. WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU STARTED READING THOSE NOTES? Source - http://www.click2houston.com/news/hospital-trend-worries-doctors/-/1735978/23278292/-/mll58u/-/index.html





Hospital trend worries doctors





On Nov. 27, 11 days after the last contract expired, the union began a four-day strike. The hospital, however, refused to let the workers back in Saturday night, when the four days were up, saying they could not return until there was a contract deal. From 150 to 250 replacement nurses and technicians have been staffing the hospital since Nov. 27. Kotecki repeated assertions that the hospital's latest offer essentially would lead to the elimination of more than half of the unionized LPN-technician jobs and up to 25 percent of registered nurses' jobs, as L+M transfers non-acute services out of the hospital to what it considers non-unionized affiliates. "Your jobs are gone," he said, speaking from atop a lighted platform parked outside the main entrance to the hospital. "Who are they to take your job and move it down the street and not http://www.dailystrength.org/people/3469199/journal even offer you the job?" The union said it is seeking contract language that would allow nurses and technicians to "follow the work" if their departments are transferred. It said it is willing to renegotiate wages and benefits of transferred jobs. "This is a big fight," Kotecki said. "We've got to stay strong. Source - http://www.theday.com/article/20131203/NWS01/131209896/1070/SPORT03





Louisville player collapses, taken to hospital





CAPTION By Associated Press, LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville guard Antonita Slaughter is undergoing tests at a hospital on Wednesday, a day after collapsing during the game against Missouri State. A Louisville spokesperson says Slaughter is having the medical tests. She slumped on the bench in the first half of No. 7 Louisvilles 91-49 win over visiting Missouri State on Tuesday night. Photos: Therapy dogs comfort travelers The senior was taken off the court on a stretcher. Louisville coach Jeff Walz had said Tuesday night that Slaughter, who was alert and talking at the hospital, showed no signs of feeling ill before the game. Slaughter had started all nine games this season for Louisville, averaging 10 points and five rebounds. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. Source - http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/louisville-player-collapses-taken-to-hospital/2013/12/03/f1ce6880-5c88-11e3-8d24-31c016b976b2_story.html