Friday, March 27, 2009

The Bad News Continues

While the furor over the University of Chicago Medical Center's controversial policy to redirect patients from its Emergency Room has died down over the past couple weeks, the beleaguered ER is once again generating some bad press.

According to this article from WBBM's website, the federal government is threatening to strip the hospital's Medicare certification after a patient died in their waiting room last month.  Allegedly, the 78 year old arrived around 12:30pm and waited for several hours without being triaged.  A report states that the patient was later found apneic and in rigor mortis.  UCMC has suspended two RNs and issued a statement that proper policies were in place but procedures were not followed.

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