Several weeks after a fire at the Doernbecher Children's Hospital severely burned a 12-year old girl, federal health officials sent the Oregon Health & Science University a warning letter threatening Medicare termination. OHSU oversees the Doernbecher Children's Hospital located in Portland. The letter requires certain safety procedures and training to take place, or OHSU could be terminated from the federal Medicare program.
Insufficient staffing and a lack of supervision for mentally ill patients at Oregon hospitals pose hazards to everyone involved. Not only is the hospital staff put at risk, but the patients become a danger to themselves and others. Unfortunately, patient injury resulting from hospital staff negligence has recently been on the rise.
Oregon patients requiring emergency care may be at greater risk of injuries caused by emergency room negligence, based on an interpretation of a recently published study.