Medical patients depend on hospitals and staff for proper care when they are in vulnerable and precarious states of health. If hospitals fall short, mistakes lead to more serious or even fatal injuries and, typically, medical malpractice lawsuits. A hospital should be the bastion of safety that injured people can turn to for trusted help. When those same injured people are neglected or improperly cared for, the consequences can be life-changing. Recent events in California demonstrate the upsetting consequences of neglectful medical care.
Four Bay Area hospitals were recently fined nearly half a million dollars for improper care. Six fines were issued by the California Department of Health in total. Napa's Queen of the Valley Medical Center received three fines totaling $225,000. One patient slipped into a persistent vegetative state as a result of nursing staff's failure to perform ongoing assessments of the person's condition. Another patient died as a result of the nursing staff's failure to provide heart and breathing monitoring as well as breathing assistance.