During the summer, Sunrise Hospital officials announced they had asked police to investigate 14 incidents of “disrupted catheters” in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The hospital then announced two nurses had been fired by the hospital and their licenses suspended by the state nursing board in connection to the case. Then in September the state nursing board said the nurses were reinstated because hospital documents did not provide evidence that they did anything wrong.
Now a great article in the R-J explains that national experts are calling the case “a failure of hospital leadership” and say if they would have investigated what was going on in the Neonatal Unit sooner— they could have saved an infant’s life and kept another baby from having a major surgery.
As for Sunrise, the article says “Sunrise officials say they have done the right thing from the beginning, taking immediate action as soon as problems were discovered and hiring a forensic expert to test the lines.”
Check out the R-J’s article below.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Nov. 21, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Safety shortcomings spotted in Sunrise catheter case
By PAUL HARASIM
Analysis of catheter lines that came apart in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sunrise Children’s Hospital — when it was done and how thoroughly — is at the center of new criticism from national safety experts.
Find article at: Las Vegas Review Journal