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California Hospital Under Fire After Federal Malpractice Report

uc_davis_sign_315-280.jpg A new federal report inquires into whether two surgeons from a Northern California Hospital “contributed to the death of at least one of three patients who underwent what was called an untested surgical procedure.” Several medical services, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services criticized the University of California, Davis hospital for not monitoring the surgeons,
The federal agency inquiring into the surgeries has the ability to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to the hospital. University of California, Davis has received over $275 million in the past year from the Medicare program, which is almost 20% of the entire hospital revenue.

The agency opened its investigation after the surgeons “introduced bacteria into open head wounds of three patients who died in 2010 and 2011.” The report inquires into whether the doctors contributed to their deaths. The report labeled the surgeries as “non-standard, experimental treatments,” and stated that the patients were “sickened with ‘a type of live bowel bacteria’ that was brought to the hospital in a Styrofoam cooler from ‘a university campus animal research laboratory.'” The doctors’ intent was to trigger an immune response to right the cancer, but federal regulators did not approve the procedure. The lead researcher planned on performing the procedure on five more patients before he was stopped. Further, the hospital continue to allow Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar to continue working on patients despite over 200 complaints and misconduct and competence concerns by other staff members.

Feds probe brain operations at California hospital, www.palmbeachpost.com December 10, 2012


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