Episode 150: North Carolina Children’s Hospital’s Troubles

If a hospital has a problem, should they let patients know?

This was in the New York Times:

The parents of a 3-year-old who died after heart surgery at North Carolina Children’s Hospital in 2016 are suing the institution, saying it failed to disclose internal concerns about the quality of its care.

Dr. Franklin Wefald suggests that the hospital should have been honest with their patients in 2016, when it was having a high rate of complications. He also suggests there are good reasons for pausing a program, solving the deficiencies and only then resuming surgeries.

In 2016, Skylar Jones underwent what was considered a relatively low-risk procedure to repair a heart defect. Soon after leaving the operating room, the girl suffered complications that led to her death two months later at the state-owned hospital, which is affiliated with the University of North Carolina.

They told the family that we have a heart surgery program at a world class hospital for pediatric patients and he died.  And so, this brings on a very special issue in that systemic problems in hospitals pose a risk for patients and they should be warned— Dr. Franklin Wefald

This is discussed in the first few minutes of Heart Health Radio, which is available on the podcast at Apple Podcasts and at WPTF.com.

At about 16 minutes into the show, Dr. Wefald slams doctors who diagnose patients without seeing them. This is about another story concerning the president’s mental state. We discuss former Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. All three of these people had tough weeks, with flashes of anger.

Does that mean that doctors can diagnose them as mentally unfit?

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