Do no harm: Some hospitals let a preventable infection kill their patients

Do no harm: Some hospitals let a preventable infection kill their patients

100 thoughts on “Do no harm: Some hospitals let a preventable infection kill their patients”

  1. I shattered my left knee cap and broke my right leg in three places broke a rib and cracked 4 more I also damaged some of my nerves beyond repair, and I was in hospital on and off for 3 years I am now walking again and didn't suffer any issues purely because the hospital said no. No one shall suffer unjustly because we aren't very, very careful all the time.

  2. I have had 5 ports in my chest and my central and picc lines. Every single port became infected and more central lines I can count. Every port have almost killed me. I’ve been through so much medically so I needed them. Thankfully I’ve only had to have one central line in 1.5 years. So many nurses and doctors don’t give it a second thought when it comes to keeping it sterile. I don’t have a spleen so it makes my chances of infection dramatically higher!

  3. This is why the American healthcare system needs changing

    Also, who wants this release this to the greater Internet?

  4. If i was Nora’s mom, I wouldn’t be able to get the image of my daughter dying in my arms. I would then sue the hospital

  5. Unfortunately hospitals aren't in the business of patient care. They're in the business of making money. This was told to me by my doctor.

  6. I get a central line every time I go into the hospital. The hospital treats it almost like surgery — I'm taken into a sterile operating theatre, etc etc. One time it was done in the ER and it was going into my neck, I believe, and I turned to look at what they were doing and they disposed of everything and started over, asking that I not do that for fear that I would breath on (and hence, contaminate) their utensils. Then again, my hospital is one of the top 20 in the entire US. So there you go.

  7. Far too many hospitals all over the world tolerate mistakes as normal things, even when they prove to terminate people's lives.
    Health is the most important thing and we're all in the hands of supposed professionals who should be interested in learning how to constantly improve, because there's no fixing errors of this kind.
    Sadly this is way overlooked unless a certain case gets very famous, there's a publicised pandemic or somebody very famous is affected.
    Governments should take action and impose a zero tolerance policy instead of making people sign agreements, when they have no other choice, to avoid suing.
    It's terrifying to be sick and nowadays we should be able to feel safe in hospitals.
    It's taken for granted that we can get sicker in them, and many people find that it's impossible to claim or get hospitals to admit to mistakes and try to fix them.
    There's nowhere you can go or anything you can do in most cases, and especially without money or resources, and even if you manage to take them to court and win, you might have already lost somebody or been crippled for life, and no amount of money will help that.

  8. Think about all the things that Nora could've expirienced. All the beautiful places she could've visited. All the friends she could've made. Rest is peace, Nora. :''(

  9. This one of the instances, where Tyson deGrasse's comments on the less-48hr shooting fall apart. While averages are good metrics for measuring and illustrating the significance of a figure, but it's worth noting how deadly mass shooting and how there should zero-tolerance in preventing them. Also, that's why NRA is so adamant on excluding gun violence on a CDC recordings.

  10. This is a huge problem in romania, but nobody really cares, since it's the norm here. There is actually a joke about it "you go with one illness, you leave with 5". That happened to me. My little sister was sick, she has a high fever, so my mum took her to the hospital and I came too. They also put me in the hospital, although I just had a common cold. The nurse literally said "i can't let you go home while your sister is here" as a joke. I don't remember well, but i think my sister did get better, but i got so much worse. I was coughing all the time, i couldn't even laugh. And we stayed there just 6 days! It was winter, so the hospitals were full, and they had to send us back home because they didn't have enough space for everyone. I came with a common cold and left having to use inhalers to get rid of the coughing.
    Btw this was in 2014 if I remember correctly. Maybe things got better since then, but i doubt it.

  11. I normally really like Vox’s videos but this wasn’t very good. They didn’t tell me why two hospitals could have such different attitudes, which I think is the most important question for an investigative reporter. This just felt like I was watching an advert of some sort, like I was being sold the idea of the ‘zero tolerance’ approach rather than being told what really caused line infections other than bacteria and mistakes. I don’t see how I’m suppose to believe that one hospital cares and another doesn’t. They said this wasn’t just about compassionate nurses so what’s the big picture?

  12. I totally believe it. Medicine only cares about money it seems. They don’t care to spend money on actually helping people.

  13. i believe God will judge us for everything, for everything! it can’t be that you are a doctor and not care about your patients 😢

  14. They should have also mentioned about superbug, my father got it through central line and past away. He was supposed to be in ICU for only two days, if he was not in the ICU he would have never got that infection.

  15. In most cases the Nurses are better than the doctors. The hospitals are in it for the money and the loss of a life is nothing more than the cost of doing business, sad.

  16. The only problem I have with this video is that y'all handled the subject-matter too lightly in my opinion. From the experience of being a patient in several hospitals plus seeing what family members went through here in New York, I can say that it's worse than what's portrayed in your short documentary.

    Still, for the appreciation that even this amount of information was presented, I say thank you.

  17. This is why I’m terrified of getting a port, which has many similarities to a central line. I have EDS and lots of EDS people have ports to allow for regular infusions. I’ve known too many people that get infections because of lapses in sterile protocols.

  18. I don't think it is really comparable because we do a lot to prevent car crashes but you can't go overboard with it because it is a balancing act when it comes to cars. We could say that the speed limit is 20 kmh everywhere but that isn't reasonable. I'm not saying that there isn't something that could be done that's is reasonable but a controllable environment like a hospital makes more extreme measures reasonable.

  19. A family friend broke her foot and was sent home with an infected leg. After two days she came back and was sent home again. She then send a picture of her leg to a nurse friend who told her to go to another hospital IMMEDIATELY. within two hours she was in surgery because she had a severe case of sepsis that almost killed her. She almost lost her leg because if it too

  20. Yes, I see the point made in this video but there is also a lot of factor in this case that where out of doctors control. Firstly : age, because Nora was so young her immune system was weak/untrained and extra suscebtible to infections +plus kids tend to fidgit with cathethors helping infection speeding into their body.
    Secondly: we don't know the genetics and predespositions of this kid. But there is a clue, heatly kids with no autoimune desiseas etc don't lend themselves in hospitals at age 4. So complications are to be expected.

  21. How will socialized medicine affect hospital accountability? I have doubts that cost reduction won't eventually lead to a quality reduction.

  22. My Granddad died because he was let go by a hospital with infection still in his ear and being a know diabetic, it ended up wrapping around his head and killing him.

  23. Nora would be 10. Think about that you discussing beings who caused the line infections. And “dissatisfied” she lost her daughter. Inhuman people who don’t show any remorse.

  24. I want Vox to do a video about. What happeneds to your unpaid medical bills? Why doesn't it affect your credit score? And why aren't regulators serving up this cake to Congress.

  25. Making the entire team stakeholders in each and every process that goes into placing a central line is Paramount in the process and the conversations the team has amongst each other. This is a simple process and it is why they are so successful.

  26. I’ve hated getting new nurses my sister has suffered so much pain for their mistakes little things like missing her Veins just a living torture Rip Ashley

  27. I have a life threatening milk allergy (though not anaphylactic, I suffer organ failures and extreme dehydration) when I was hospitalised with pyelonephritis they even have me a special red hospital bracelet to alert hospital staff.

    Depsite this, they gave me 5 doses of codeine that contained dairy. I was getting worse and worse and worse, I even told the nurses twice that I was having an allergic reaction but they didn't listen and labelled me as paranoid.

    A simple kick-start of antibiotics got more complicated as my heartbeat and temperature increased dramatically, and I couldn't even keep down water so they put me on IV fluids, anti-nauseacs and antibiotics. It took the doctors over a day to realise that the reason I was deteriorating was because they were killing me.

  28. I had never heard of this procedure. Why dont strict precautions come into effect? Hard to keep up to date on the best techniques?

  29. And Nurses and doctors have the audacity to go onto buzzfeed and happily share one of their “horror” stories where they were so “tired” or “disgusted” that they left the patient

  30. It was no biggie it developed over time….says it as though it was just bound to happen…
    I'm studying Electronic Engineering, I hope to make a difference in my future career, but part of me always wished to go into healthcare to care for people, it must be such a wonderful experience to see people get better, but it never goes perfectly and that's a part of life.

  31. I've noticed seeing several at home nurses over 5+ weeks for anti-bio, that the standard/bar of hygene practiced is not uniformed but more or less determined by the nurse on that day.

    I am curious about the products origons: gloves to stint lines. Are they from the same manufacturer etc

  32. As a future medical professional, I highly encourage you to shop for your medical care. In medicine, as with any profession, there will be human error or even negligence. In order for the general public to combat that, we all must inform each other of the quality of services we receive. That is most important for anyone who received poor quality services. This way, you'll light a fire under hospital administration and they will have to revise practices and policies.

  33. When I had my first surgery , they(different hospital) cut a hole into my intestines but didnt find out 3 days later and when I came in the ER the nurses trying to send me out of the hospital even though I was in tears and pale

  34. Stanford has a nursing staff that is part of a union. Which means the staff are more important than the patients. I experienced the horrors first hand, but thankfully right now my child is doing great.

    Palo Alto is also a very expensive place to live so there are many nurses who travel long distances for the lucrative money they can make, because the wages are so high. This means that they travel by planes which are a cesspool of infections.
    There are still great people at LCPH, and people travel all over the world for some of their first class medicine.

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