Monthly Archives: February 2014

What Plagues South Carolina Hospitals?

The current conditions at the Dorn VA Medical Center are indicative of the larger problems faced by primary care facilities across South Carolina, according to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. The report detailed serious staff shortages among surgeons and nurses and a series of related health and safety failures. In the past three years, Dorn has had five different directors. As such, consistent and dedicated leadership will be necessary before further changes can be made to Dorn’s policies. According to the report, the surgery schedules were fraught with “communication deficits and dysfunctional surgical processes that contributed to surgical case delays.” In addition, Dorn has one of the worst infection rates in the nation. Furthermore, surgical equipment was often used on multiple patients without sanitation. The chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs committee said, “[t]his isn’t a money problem. It’s a management problem.” Given the…
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When Will The South Carolina Healthcare System Improve?

One of the main issues with the South Carolina healthcare system is a scarcity of primary care physicians, family doctors, pediatricians and general surgeons. There are high numbers of South Carolinians without health insurance that end up in understaffed primary care facilities. Due to the scarcity, primary care physicians are overworked and liable to make medical errors. Unfortunately, more and more medical students are opting to become medical specialists instead of primary care doctors. As such, the South Carolina healthcare system will likely remain systematically understaffed for years to come. According to a recent report by The Post and Carrier, at the Medical University of South Carolina, 803 medical school residencies were occupied by future specialists and only 582 by future primary care physicians. The cause of the disparity is clearly economic. The average South Carolina medical school student graduates with $192,073 in debt. Specialist surgeons make an average of…
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Why Was South Carolina Ranked Among the Nation’s Worst in Emergency Health Care?

Our Columbia Injury Attorneys Examine the Problems In terms of access to health care, public health and disaster preparedness, South Carolina now ranks among the worst states in the country. According to the report by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), South Carolina had failing grades in many aspects of emergency care. The state received a grade of D+ and overall has worsened since the last time the study was conducted. Many people may be at risk for severe injury or medical malpractice in these conditions. Why did South Carolina Rank Poorly in Emergency Health Care? South Carolina received failing grades in three areas: Access to Emergency Care – The report states that numerous factors limit patient access to emergency care. Nearly one in five adults in South Carolina is uninsured, and almost 20 percent of children are underinsured. Additionally, very few physicians in the state accept Medicaid. Disaster…
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