UCI in trouble once more, has been a while since the liver transplant issues and now it is over record keeping, The hospital installed a new electronic anesthesia information monitoring system. It was the only one of its kind in Orange County and eliminates the opportunity to fill out records in advance.
The inspection was prompted back in May by a whistle blower, and there is also potential reward money available for such reports that result in legal cases. BD
UCI Medical Center has been placed under state supervision because of its anesthesiology department's "inability to provide quality healthcare in a safe environment," according to a federal report released Thursday. Among the most serious failings cited by federal inspectors was doctors' practice of filling out medical records in advance, suggesting specific outcomes before procedures were done. Officials with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday that they had accepted the department's plan of correction, but if the problems are not resolved, the hospital could lose its federal funding.
In one case, a patient's blank anesthetic record had been signed by a doctor and marked "stable," one day before the medical procedure.