20% Septicemia Rates Cited At California Hospital

Company officials at Prime Healthcare Services, which runs medical centers like Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, California, say that the rate of septicemia, or blood infections, are high because they serve a number of patients who come to the ER with problems. They argue that a report finding that septicemia among patients at the string of hospitals was the result of a union fighting for better wages.

"We completely follow the guidelines on septicemia. … Most of the patients who come in need a lot of attention and care. … The union has not taken that into account," said Lex Reddy, chief financial officer. As a result of the union report, two Congress members and the chairwoman of the California Senate Health Committee have requested state and federal investigations.

But as the Contra Costa Times goes onto note, the rate at Desert Valley is three times the national average for patients on Medicare, and five Prime hospitals rank in the top six of hospitals in a similar size range. The investigations are likely to continue, but the possibility of blood-borne infections among older patients with weakened immune systems could lead to further problems down the road, and leads to questions about medical malpractice in the hospitals reviewed. [Image: Dina-Roberts Wakulczyk] DISCLAIMER: Booth & Koskoff is not representing any of the parties mentioned in the article at the time it was posted. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident we recommend you contact a reputable law firm for a consultation. We have published information on How to Shop for a Personal Injury Attorney as a free resource. If it turns out you need an attorney, we offer a free confidential consultation. Call us at 888-212-0440 or complete the contact form to the right.