South Carolina hospitals have been penalized for making too many
avoidable mistakes that harm patients a
in the Charleston Post and Courier explains. Those errors
include catheter-associated urinary tract infections,
central-line blood stream infections and "serious
complications" like blood clots after surgery or wounds
that open after surgery.
The 13 hospitals in South Carolina that will be penalized
include MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina), Palmetto
Health Richland in Columbia and Kershaw Health in Camden. More
than 700 hospitals in the United States will be punished for the
problems it has allowed to exist and harm patients.
MUSC publishes quality and safety data on its