Failure at Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center: Window to a National Problem, Hearing Before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred and Twelfth Congress, First Session, October 12, 2011 [open pdf - 321KB]
From the opening statement of Joe Donnelly: "Patient safety should always be the VA's [Department of Veterans Affairs] top concern. Our veterans go to our hospitals because they are one of the best in this country. In obtaining optimal health care should not come at the cost of veterans health. Veterans trust their doctors, but what they might not trust is the system, and when they get the news that there has been a data breach and their personal information might have been stolen or the news that they are at risk of contracting diseases because staff did not properly sterilize reusable medical equipment veterans rightly lose trust and start to have concerns. Even when these or other incidents come the light we often find out that they could have been prevented if hospital administrative officials would have implemented proper guidance or enforced protocols to avoid significant breakdowns of patient safety." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joe Donnelly, Jeff Miller, Robert L. Turner, Mark E. Amodei, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, William Schoenhard, Nevin M. Weaver, Mary D. Berrocal, Bob Filner, Russ Carnahan, and Eric K. Shinseki.
Serial No. 112-31
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