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December 6, 2001 | Associated Press
A hospital regulatory agency is warning of an alarming increase in incidents in which doctors operated on the wrong body part or the wrong patient. Wednesday's alert from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations follows a similar message from the group in 1998, when it reported on 15 "wrong-site" cases. Since then, 136 cases have been reported to the commission--108 in the last two years and 11 in the last month alone.
July 19, 1986 | MARCIDA DODSON, Times Staff Writer
Memorial services will be held Monday for Anaheim surgeon Dr. Marshall P. Stonestreet, a former Orange County Medical Assn. president who was named Physician of the Year by the professional organization last year. Stonestreet, 63, died Thursday at his home after a prolonged illness. A former president of the Orange County Surgical Society, Stonestreet was chief of staff at Anaheim Memorial Hospital in 1974 and 1975. Born in Chattanooga, Tenn.
January 10, 1998
Oxnard's first general surgeon, James F. Lincoln, died Sunday in a local hospital. He was 78. Lincoln was born Oct. 11, 1919, in New York. He lived in Ventura County for 73 years. His family moved to Santa Paula in 1924, and Lincoln became student body president and a state high-jump champion while at Santa Paula High School. In 1937, he attended Stanford University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1941. He graduated with honors from Cornell Medical School in 1946.
January 27, 1991
George Clark Wilson, an ear, nose and throat specialist in the San Fernando Valley for 40 years, has died at a Tarzana hospital. He was 72. A resident of Agoura Hills, Wilson died Monday of cancer, said his daughter, Anne Rader. Wilson, who was born Sept. 18, 1918, in New York City, earned an undergraduate degree from USC and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1944. He then served at a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force.
July 3, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. Norman A. Gale, 88, a San Diego physician who helped cut tetanus deaths in the 1950s and made house calls and worked seven days a week until his retirement in January, died June 13 of respiratory failure at Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he had been on staff for 54 years. Born in Topeka, Kan., the Eagle Scout earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas and spent World War II as an Army physician attached to the 77th Evacuation Hospital.
October 5, 2010
I was observing an operation once when, near the end of the long and tense procedure, a manual count of the surgical sponges showed one was missing. The following few minutes were not fun to watch as the exasperated surgical team went searching for the wayward sponge. Leaving a sponge in a patient, which is easy to do because it soaks up blood and can be hard to see, is not uncommon although the estimates of this mishap range from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 18,000 operations. Patients who go home with a sponge can suffer later infection and pain.
September 14, 1987 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Once a week at 3 a.m., Dr. Robert Koefoot opens his office, makes a pot of coffee, reads the morning newspaper and then drives off into the darkness--a medical renegade. The moon and an infrequent passing car provide the only light, an occasional deer or raccoon the only sign of life on the flat central Nebraska farmland as Koefoot drives north to St. Paul, population 2,000. By 4 a.m. he is performing his first operation of the day--in defiance of the American College of Surgeons.
December 30, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Hospitals should not allow surgeons to perform elective procedures on patients if they have been awake the previous night taking calls, a trio of physicians argued in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Until hospitals institute rules to keep potentially sleep-deprived doctors away from operating rooms, they said, surgeons at least owe it to patients to let them know when they have had fewer than six hours of sleep and give them the opportunity to postpone their procedures.
January 4, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Intravenous fluids given to a trauma victim at an accident site may not be the best treatment and in many cases may actually be counterproductive, increasing the risk that a patient will die, researchers said Tuesday. Taking the time to insert an IV line may delay getting the patient to the hospital where treatment can be initiated and administering fluids may not be the most appropriate treatment, according to the study, published online in the Annals of Surgery ahead of publication in the February issue of the journal.
December 8, 1990
The article (Nov. 19) regarding trauma care at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center seriously misrepresents the situation at this facility. It is quite apparent that The Times took the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) survey report as fact and has simply provided a forum for its dissemination to a readership that cannot possibly be expected to evaluate the legitimacy of that report. The selection of two surgeons from the ACS as the only surveyors to visit County-USC was inappropriate from the outset.
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