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USC shuts down kidney transplant program after mistake

USC University Hospital said Thursday that it shut down its kidney transplant program last month after an error was discovered. The hospital's official statement did not detail the nature of the mistake. But it said no patient was harmed.

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The shutdown was voluntary, the hospital said.

"USC University Hospital on Jan. 29, 2011, voluntarily and temporarily inactivated its kidney transplant program while a review is conducted following a process error," the statement said.

"However, as patient safety is the hospital’s number one concern, the hospital inactivated the program while clinical protocols are assessed and additional safeguards to the kidney transplant program are developed," it said. "Staff notified the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on Feb. 4 that the kidney program was inactivated."

The review of the program includes "validation of a corrective action plan by a kidney transplant surgeon and transplant administrator from other transplant centers, and staff from the UNOS Department of Quality," the statement said.

The review was expected to be complete by Feb. 18, and the USC University Hospital Transplant Institute will consider reactivation of the kidney program.

-- Lisa Girion

 

 
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Please do not mistake LAC-USC County Medical Center (as shown in the picture above), with USC University Hospital (as discussed in the article).

Why did the LA Times publish a photo of LAC-USC Hospital with the article instead of a photo of USC University Hospital where article states the event happened?

Someone JUMPED the queue??? Someone 'connected'???

I was at a USC basketball game and I realized the next day that I had 3 kidneys. I wonder if this has anything to do with the shutdown?

Focus on football Trojans. Leave medicine to the professionals over at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical!

Did someone put RJ Soward in charge of ICU again?

I guarentee someone stole something, or took a bribe, or something...EVERYTHING is ALWAYS about money.

Gee, Times. Thanks for telling us nothing. The investigative reporting is supposed to find the answer to this question.

'The shutdown was voluntary, the hospital said.' Yes, kind of like Mubarak's departure was voluntary.

G M J!!!!! The health business needs a lot of help. Run away inflation, greedy health organizations, wall street. Can't the American people see why this problem has the attention of our president? The Republicans are FOOLS if they think this health system they want in the U.S is sustainable(that means leave it status quo). My wife spent SEVEN HOURS in emergengy care. Two of those hours we spent in the waiting room. She was in soo much pain (twisted knee joint). So the bill came to be 4,987 **&*&*&^%&^%$%$#%$@# dollars. They drained fluid off the knee and gave her two shots. But wait, there are thousands and this number grows exponentially by the day, that can't go see a quality doctor without some type of insurance. The AMA and GOP the pharmacy industry, politicians have put a premium on all human life. If you don't have money-- go away! No we don't accpect doctors and meds to be free, but we don't accpect them to be out of reach either. Just wait you greedy bastards. God will deal with you.
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USC shuts down kidney transplant program after mistake
Comments (0) (45)(55)February 17, 2011 | 2:22 pm USC University Hospital said Thursday that it shut down its kidney transplant program last month after an error was discovered. The hospital's official statement did not detail the nature of the mistake. But it said no patient was harmed.

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The shutdown was voluntary, the hospital said.

"USC University Hospital on Jan. 29, 2011, voluntarily and temporarily inactivated its kidney transplant program while a review is conducted following a process error," the statement said.

"However, as patient safety is the hospital’s number one concern, the hospital inactivated the program while clinical protocols are assessed and additional safeguards to the kidney transplant program are developed," it said. "Staff notified the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on Feb. 4 that the kidney program was inactivated."

The

4,987 **&*&*&^%&^%$%$#%$@# dollars. They drained fluid.off the knee and gave her two shots. But wait, there are thousands and this number grows exponentially

HELLO to elyoung -
You need to know that the hospital they are reporting about is NOT
USC COUNTY Hospital. They are two different kinds of hospitals, two different worlds . County has the emergency rooms and public operations going on.
USC University is a fantastic more private hospital with the world's leading specialists working in it. This hospital is not crowded, nor does it have any
emergency services or waiting rooms with gunshot victims.
I am grateful that my mother was flown there ( as many of it's patients that are waiting for complicated surgeries are ) and a surgeon from another state was flown in to operate on her brain tumor and save her from death.
They offer the best chance of matching up a patient with a surgeon and coordinating them together for a chance at survival.
Had my father in law lived longer while on the kidney transplant list, he too would have been flown there and operated on by their two kidney specialists.
This article is confusing and has the wrong info and photo.
The two hospitals being confused are completely different.
Thank You USC University for everything you did for my mother and the
kindness you provided towards our family when we were there.

To Bruin_Bry
No we are not focusing on football only because our Institutional Review Board was not shut down like UCLA bruins for violating FDA, State and Local research laws.
There was no patient harmed here. Drs. are not God, they are human. Mistakes are made everywhere all the time.


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