A “house of horrors” is not what you want your hospital to be called. If we cannot get our VA hospitals, that care for those men and women, who with no questions asked would lay down their own life to protect my life and a whole nations life. How the heck is free health care to all, one payer health care policy going to be the best health care for all Americans? My gosh, we can’t take care of our Vets! Maybe address that issue first. Fix our VA hospitals before the mention of one payer health care policy.
A trove of internal documents obtained by USA TODAY Network shows the scope of problems at the Memphis VA hospital, one of the worst in the nation
A “house of horrors”
“It’s a house of horrors,” said Sean Higgins, a former logistics technician at the hospital.
Then there was the botched surgery in September 2016. An internal report says VA clinicians inserted a catheter into an artery that supplied blood to the veteran’s right foot but could not get it past a narrowed portion of the vessel. They pulled it out and administered medications to try and lessen any blockages.
What they didn’t realize is that they had not removed plastic packaging on the catheter before inserting it. And the packaging stayed in his leg.
An investigation found that after the procedure he had lost complete blood flow through the artery. The amputation came 22 days later.