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UPDATE II, 3:11 PM: I'll update at the top of this post today. The FM just got out of surgery and all went well. She's in the recovery room at the moment, and will likely be there for an hour or two before going to her room. She lost very little blood and the kidney came out with no problem. I'll add more when I see her in a little while.
Posting may either be very light or very heavy today, as the First Mate will be having surgery to remove the previously transplanted kidney this afternoon. It's an expected step in the road to the next transplant, as the BK viral infection in the current transplant still has not fully abated and probably never will. While the BK virus remains, she cannot have another transplant, because the virus would kill the next kidney as well. I'll have updates on the FM's progress today and a more full explanation of what lies ahead.
Meanwhile, check out Daniel Glover's new website, Air Congress, and scroll down for my earlier posts.
UPDATE, 11:04 AM: So we're sitting in the lobby waiting for the nurses to come get the FM, when the television starts discussing this story:
Hospitals are usually where people turn for help, but twice as many Minnesota patients died from hospital errors or oversights in the latest 12-month period measured in a new report.
The Minnesota Department of Health report released Wednesday said hospitals' mistakes were to blame for 24 deaths, half of them from preventable falls by vulnerable patients. Another seven patients became disabled.
The report also found a spike in 27 types of serious mishaps that hospitals must disclose to the Health Department, ranging from administering the wrong medication to forgetting instruments inside patients after surgery. There were 154 such incidents, compared with 106 the year before.
Isn't that cheery? A search of the Minnesota database reveals that the Fairview University Medical Center, where we're at today, had 13 adverse events in the past year, resulting in four deaths and one serious disability -- but out of over 289,000 patient days and 20,692 surgeries. The context somehow got left out of the televised report ...Sphere It View blog reactions
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