Mediocre hospital care in the Las Vegas Valley, evidenced by thousands of preventable injuries, infections and deaths, can be traced to a few fundamental causes.
David Butts died within hours of being administered a painkiller while trying to pass a kidney stone at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center.
The only way people believe his story, Harold Abramowski says, is when they see his scar.
Everything went fine with Sern Englestead’s heart surgery. Not so, though, in postoperative recovery.
Where I Stand
When someone is very sick, he goes to the doctor with a list of ailments and asks, “What’s wrong? Can you give me something to get better? What can I do?”
Newly hired nurses in Nevada used terms like “dangerous” and “unsafe” to describe the conditions in hospitals in a 2005 UNLV study.
Kathy Shafer knew she was bleeding internally after an operation at Sunrise Hospital Medical Center, but she says no one would listen to her.
DO NO HARM
An ongoing Las Vegas Sun investigation paints a bleak portrait of hospital care in Southern Nevada. But according to a federal government study released Tuesday, the situation may be much worse.
See the source material behind the stories: legal filings, academic research, minutes from legislative hearings and internal e-mails.
Explore the data on patient complaints with an interactive graphic.
Harold Abramowski developed an open wound after a chemotherapy port on his chest leaked, causing the drug to seep into his flesh at MountainView Hospital in February 2009.
Sern Englestead developed a large pressure sore on his buttocks after heart surgery at Sunrise Hospital in January 2009. He continues to receive treatment for the wound.