Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It’s a Puzzlement

I continue to be puzzled by the apparent reluctance to hold hospitals accountable for what they do and don’t do.

Nurse/author Suzanne Gordon had an op-ed column in the September 22, 2006 issue of The Boston Globe. Its basic theme was that nurses and house officers who work too many hours are more prone to make mistakes. She quoted a Harvard study of the subject to support her point.

She concluded by saying “Until there is the public accountability that federal regulation provides, patients – as well as doctors and nurses – will continue to pay with their health and even their lives.”

Don’t hospitals have some responsibility in this area with or without governmental regulation? Why don’t people like Ms. Gordon contact some hospitals, ask them what they are doing about it, and then write columns criticizing the ones that are being negligent?

To me, it’s a puzzlement.

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