21 September 2006

The Greatest Healthcare System in the World

Greatest, of course, is not the same as perfect. There's imperfection, some of it unavoidable and some inexcuseable.
Patient's Heart Attack In Hospital Waiting Room Is a Homicide
Coroner's Inquest Followed Death Afer 2-Hour Wait in ER
September 14, 2006
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The official ruling by a coroner's jury in Lake County, Illinois that the cause of death for a 49 year-old patient who died in a nearby medical center was the "result of gross deviations from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in this situation." The jury determined that the patient's 2-hour wait in the hospital's emergency room was a homicide.
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