patient death

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By Julio Ochoa

More changes are coming for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital after a comprehensive outside review delivered several recommendations for improvements.

The hospital underwent the review following a series of reports by the Tampa Bay Times documented problems in the facility’s heart institute, including a mortality rate among the young patients that had tripled between 2015 and 2017.

Board of Medicine Eyes Plastic-Surgery Centers

Feb 12, 2019
Surgery
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Florida’s plastic-surgery centers are under increasing scrutiny.

Days after a state senator filed legislation to increase regulation of surgery centers, members of the Florida Board of Medicine agreed to revisit rules allowing liposuction in physicians’ offices. 

South Florida has long been an international hotspot for plastic surgery. But it's also been plagued by issues around safety. According to a new USA Today investigation, there were eight deaths in Miami related to surgeries from one plastic surgery business over the course of six years. Although the business has changed its name multiple times, it continues to be run by the same man, Dr. Ismael Labrador. 

The Florida Supreme Court has thrown out an arbitration agreement signed by a man before he received hernia surgery at North Florida Surgeons, News Service of Florida reports. According to Florida law, non-economic damages could be as high as $1 million, much higher than the $250,000-cap imposed in the agreement between the surgical center and the patient.