The Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been under fire in recent months after two citations for serious medical violations by a state agency. Now, the hospital is under federal investigation.
During the same week in November 2016, four-year-old Damian Creed and five-year-old Salette Ruiz died from the same type of cancer at the same hospital while being treated by the same doctor.
Florida patients may be interested to learn that the medical field considers certain medical complications to be "never events." These are errors that should never occur. Never events involve patients who get surgery on the wrong body part, undergo a procedure that they were not scheduled for or have a procedure that was meant for another patient.
The journal Neurology Genetics published a study called "The Mitochondrial Disease Patient's Diagnostic Odyssey: Results of a Survey" showing how those with mitochondrial disease are forced to visit numerous specialists and undergo multiple tests before they receive a correct diagnosis. Patients in Florida may want to know why this is.
According to the estate of actor Bill Paxton, both the surgeon who was operating on Paxton at the time of his death and the hospital where the procedure occurred are guilty of negligence. Both defendants disagree, claiming Paxton was aware of the risks. In Florida, it's not uncommon for wrongful death suits to target both the doctor and the medical facility.
Physicians in Florida have various tools they can use to know what type of test to order for a patient and to make an accurate diagnosis. Mobile health applications are some of the tools used to assist with making diagnostic decisions even though they have not been evaluated for their clinical effectiveness.