“Can New York State patient safety review apparatus pass the Joan Rivers test?”
Greenville, SC (PRWEB) September 09, 2014
New York State Inquiry Into Joan Rivers’ Death (http://is.gd/VEAtMw) states “The State Health Department is investigating the circumstances that led to the comedian Joan Rivers’ death on Thursday, one week after she lost consciousness at an outpatient surgery clinic.” Fox News legal analyst, Peter Johnson Jr. told “Fox & Friends” Friday (http://is.gd/VuEya8) “There’s another body called the Office of Professional Misconduct, that would also look into a physician’s conduct if it was warranted.” Dr. Williams says, “What will not be investigated is how New York State, and every other state, fails to adequately regulate outpatient surgery centers.”
As a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Williams is a credible source regarding outpatient surgery centers because his dental specialty founded and established the patient care value of such facilities beginning prior to WW II, and long before medical specialties adopted their use.
Dr. Ira Williams, author of Find The Black Box, continues his series of Open Letters
(http://is.gd/wdU2CM) by demonstrating what has always been missing in the efforts to improve the quality of healthcare and patient safety, while ignoring the fundamental facts those aspects of patient care have always been based upon. Dr. Williams points out. “States license doctors, yet deaths caused by negligence in healthcare are the only such deaths that receive no immediate investigation by trained investigators. And outpatient surgery centers are now estimated to be as numerous as hospitals.”
Dr. Williams continues, “ Every new estimate of needless hospital deaths is greater than all previous estimates for the past quarter century, and no one is talking about why that tragic track record has taken place. Therefore Joan Rivers’ tragic death offers an opportunity to see how New York State’s patient safety apparatus functions regarding speed and efficiency in their review of highly questionable deaths.”