Medical Problems Caused By VA Hospitals
The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care to more than 9 million veterans at 170 VA medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites.
Search through and compare the rates of medical ailments resulting from healthcare at VA medical centers around the country, including in San Diego.
Catheter urinary tract infections and ventilator infections are reported per 1,000 device days. Cuts and tears, sepsis after surgery, deaths among surgical inpatients with serious treatable conditions, pressure ulcers and blood clots after surgery are reported as the observed number of events divided by the expected number of events.
Staff at the San Diego VA hospital failed to follow rules and guidelines that might have prevented the death of a 68-year-old quadriplegic veteran last summer, according to a report released last week by federal investigators.
A team of investigators from the VA’s Office of Inspector General visited the hospital in February to examine the cause of the veteran’s unexpected death. They uncovered widespread problems affecting the hospital and the care of its patients, including inadequate staff training, outdated equipment, poor patient supervision, incomplete reporting of safety concerns and improper testing of emergency alarm systems.
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