Monday, November 25, 2013

Veterans Affairs woes not just regional concern

First, waterborne bacteria in Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospitals led to at least five deaths from Legionnaires' disease. 

Then insulin pens reused on more than 700 patients in the Buffalo VA Center exposed them to hepatitis. 

And last month, improper use of electronic medical records led to three deaths in the Memphis VA medical center's emergency department. 

In all, the deaths of at least 21 veterans nationwide appear linked to failures in VA medical care revealed during the past year in VA inspector general and news reports.

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