September 3, 2008 | Mark Paradies

200 New Investigators Hired to Investigate California Hospital Sentinel Events

Hospital Sentinel Events are scary. This article includes reports about four events in California where a new law is causing increased reporting and state sponsored investigations.

Promise Hospital inspection report (PDF)

Pomerado Hospital inspection report (PDF)

Scripps Green Hospital inspection report (PDF)

Sharp Grossmont Hospital inspection report (PDF)

The article also said that:

“To handle the increased load (of investigations), the state has hired about 200 more investigators with health care experience over the past two years, for a total of 1,000 statewide. Part of their salaries comes from the fines, Billingsley said.”

Hospitals are thereby getting one step closer to the kind of regulation used in the nuclear industry.

Will the healthcare industry react or will prescriptive regulations and even bigger fines be required?

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