May 19, 1988
Nearly half the 290 doctors suspended by Florida's Tampa General Hospital for falling behind in paper work rushed to complete patient records to win reinstatement, a spokeswoman said. The list of suspensions, which affected admitting privileges only, stood at 159 doctors a day after it was posted, said Cindy Tanner, hospital spokeswoman. The suspensions represented about one-third of the staff.
April 1, 1995 |
A hospital where errors killed one patient and left another with the wrong leg amputated has admitted another mistake: nearly sterilizing a woman without her consent. The woman, whose name was not released, had one of her Fallopian tubes tied during a Cesarean delivery March 16 at University Community Hospital. The doctor stopped the procedure after an operating room staff member told him the woman didn't authorize it, the hospital said Thursday. A woman can still give birth with one tube tied.
April 20, 1995 |
Federal regulators granted a major reprieve to a mistake-ridden hospital Wednesday, finding that it had corrected deficiencies and clearing it to keep receiving millions in government health care funding. University Community Hospital had been threatened with the loss of that funding because one patient lost the wrong leg in a botched amputation and another died after he was mistakenly removed from a ventilator.
March 30, 1995 |
Federal officials said that they found "an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients" at University Community Hospital in Tampa. One man died when he was mistakenly taken off a ventilator and another had the wrong leg amputated at the hospital. The federal Health Care Financing Administration warned the hospital to clear up its problems to avoid losing its Medicare funding. The 424-bed facility has until April 20 to start correcting the problems.
July 21, 2000 |
An Orlando hospital was closed for several hours Thursday while doctors determined whether 10 airport baggage handlers had been exposed to anthrax, a potentially deadly bacterium. Officials at Florida Hospital East said the workers, none of whom showed signs of exposure, were decontaminated and released. The baggage handlers had come into contact with a box shipped from Puerto Rico that contained animal hides and a warning about possible anthrax contamination.
October 11, 1989 |
Shortly after convening a special session on abortion Tuesday, the Florida Legislature dealt setbacks to four restrictive measures sought by Gov. Bob Martinez in the first test of a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to impose greater limits on abortions.