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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah Florida. They get the award for the following-

A South Florida family plans to sue Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, saying their mother went in for a routine medical procedure and died as a result.

“I don’t believe -- still to this day -- that’s she’s gone. I can’t believe it," said Jorge Perez.

Matilde Perez, 62, was admitted to Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah after a fainting spell on Dec. 17. Six days later, she died.

She was at the hospital for an angiogram to clear a clogged carotid artery.

Family members said they were told things were going fine, but in the middle of the procedure, the power went out.


Ellsley said doctors told the family the backup battery on the CT machine they were using to guide the catheter through Perez's artery malfunctioned, and after the electrical blip, the doctor could not see what he was doing.

“It’s a little like operating an airplane in the middle of the night with failed instruments," Ellsley said.

In a statement to Local 10, Palmetto General confirmed the fluctuation in power led to Perez’s death, calling it an unforeseen and tragic consequence.

“We conducted an internal review and notified the state agency, which noted in its report that no hospital deficiencies were found,” the statement read.

The hospital also noted that it has faithfully served the community for more than 35 years and will continue to dedicate its efforts to putting patients first and providing the highest quality care to those who entrust their care to the facility.
The hospital didn't serve Mrs. Perez or their family. There are supposed to be procedures in place to prevent these happenings, I know because I worked in radiology for over twenty years of my life. Palmetto General Hospital better get ready to sign a check with lots of zeroes on it, but first I name them today's Knucklehead of the Day.

Hat tip-= SFDB

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