“Patients are being murdered,” a former nurse tells The Florida Times-Union in this story about a medical malpractice case filed against Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. The former nurse, in a videotaped deposition released by the victim’s attorneys, said that she warned a supervisor in 2007 that wound care was poor at the hospital. In addition, the attorneys say that a poor state inspection report should help them win their six medical malpractice cases against Memorial.
Memorial is affiliated with the hospital chain, HCA, and has denied the charges, saying they were intended to taint the jury pool. A report by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration found that nurses handled wound care and not specialists in the wound care field which could lead to “wounds getting worse.”
The patient at the center of one case, was a 6-foot-1 and 375 lb. Clay County Sheriff who underwent bariatric surgery to lose weight. During recovery he developed sepsis, a dangerous infection, which caused his heart to stop and resulted in brain damage.
Medical Malpractice in Florida
Medical malpractice is a serious national problem that kills about 98,000 patients a year in hospitals, according to an Institute of Medicine estimate. Yet among doctors, Florida ranks at the bottom of states to revoke a medical license. In Florida alone, 3,000 to 5,000 deaths that occur each year are attributed to medical errors.
With hospital infections as the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., the Jacksonville medical malpractice attorneys at Farah & Farah encourage professionals to follow a safety checklist to minimize germs being passed through instruments and a regular assessment of a patient for infection and antibiotic resistance before they enter the hospital. If you have been harmed in a Florida hospital through medical error, call our office for a confidential and complimentary consultation.