Critical Incidents Raise Questions About the Standard of Care in Manitoba Hospitals
Recent media coverage on critical incidents involving two patients in Manitoba is raising questions about the standard of care provided to patients in hospitals. In 2008 Jacqueline Johnson’s bowel was perforated during surgery at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg. In 2011 Kim Bernshine’s bowel was perforated during surgery at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg. In both of these cases the medical error was not immediately identified, the patient’s condition continued to deteriorate, further complications arose and life-saving surgery was required. Today Jacqueline and Kim each wear an ostomy bag to collect their body waste and will require future surgeries.
There are risks with any procedure but when a patient signs a consent form for surgery it is with the understanding that the doctors, nurses, and hospital are going to do everything possible to minimize those risks by providing a high standard of care.
What do you think about the standard of care in hospitals?