The entire situation is described here in an article that was published by CNN, and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital is the facility involved. It seems that the issue dates back to some point last year when four children suffered harm because of possible mistakes that were made during very delicate heart surgeries. Two of those children died and two others needed additional surgeries to help them survive and begin to heal.
The problem boils down to the fact that prospective patients, journalists and even the Kentucky Attorney General have all asked to review the data regarding patient mortality rate and the facility has steadfastly refused. This has led to the legal controversy that’s ongoing, and the facility is citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, as the reason that it will not disclose this data.
Those who have been looking for this data have argued that they are not looking to identify the people who were killed, but rather they are merely looking for numbers and statistics that will help them understand the risks of becoming patients there better. What this should tell anyone who sees this is that as difficult as a situation may be, those who need medical help should:
- Not be afraid to ask direct questions
- Not be afraid to ask why direct questions are not being answered
- Not be afraid to seek second opinions
- Not be afraid to seek help at other medical facilities if they feel uncomfortable
Caring for a very sick newborn is a terribly difficult undertaking. The last thing that anyone needs is to have to deal with a runaround from a medical facility. Those whose children have been harmed by substandard medical care should take steps to hold those facilities accountable. If this includes your child, contact the New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.