Hospital Safety

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Hospital model to mimic catastrophic earthquakes

A five-story building now under construction at UC San Diego will soon be equipped with hospital beds, computers, a surgical center and even an intensive care unit. Then the shaking begins. The entire building will rock at speeds as fast as six...
Hospitals in shaking zones

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Many Southern California hospitals not prepared for massive quake

Within a few dozen miles of California’s most dangerous earthquake fault, scores of hospitals have failed to install safeguards to assure they can keep their doors open after a major earthquake. Recent earthquakes -- in Chile, Peru, Japan -- have...

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Quake Safety by the Numbers

2030: Date when hospitals must qualify for an “A” grade, meaning they’re equipped non-structurally to operate for at least 72 hours after a major earthquake.

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Treating Inland Empire's injured will be huge task following devastating earthquake

A catastrophic earthquake in Southern California would almost certainly collapse bridges, destroy roads and render hundreds of hospital beds useless, while leaving tens of thousands in need of medical care.

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What the experts are saying

“In a hospital, you have patients who need life support. Their support is being supplied by non-structural equipment. A gas line. An electric line.” -- Tara C. Hutchinson, UCSD professor of structural engineering

Death by complication

Hospital infections too deadly to ignore

As statutes go, Nile's Law should have been a snap to implement.

Death by complication

UC Davis Medical Center struggles with infections

Hospitalization too often puts patients at risk. They can contract infections from the insertion, maintenance and removal of urinary catheters as well as central line catheters that are placed in large veins to make it easier to administer medicine...

Death by complication

Anatomy of a hospital infection

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and more severe symptoms. In the past few years, states have been reporting an upsurge in C. difficile infections with more severe cases and more deaths. AT RISK: At least...

Death by complication

How you can help stop hospital infections

An estimated 2 million U.S. hospital patients get infection annually. Patients are being urged to do their part to help stop infections.

Death by complication

Infection lurks in hospital wards, and it kills

This story first appeared in the Sacramento Bee

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