Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Must Read: Replacement Nurse Injected Food in Patient; Congress Averts Government Shutdown

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The 23-year-old replacement nurse who accidentally killed a cancer patient at an Oakland hospital over the weekend put a food supplement into the woman’s bloodstream, the Chron and Trib report. The nutritional supplement was supposed to go a tube that ran to 66-year-old Judith Ming’s stomach. Hospital administrators say it was an accident that could have happened to any qualified nurse, but regular nurses, who were locked out of the hospital over the weekend in a labor dispute, tell the Chron that the nutritional supplement doesn’t fit the catheter tube that goes to a patient’s bloodstream, so the replacement nurse must have “jury-rigged” it to make it work.

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2. Congress averted a federal government shutdown this week when FEMA decided that it could transfer funds around so that it won’t need extra money before October 1. House Republicans had threatened to shut down the government if Democrats refused to cut renewable energy projects in exchange for more disaster-relief money for FEMA. But when FEMA said it could make it until the end of the fiscal year without the need for more money, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell dropped the shut-down threat.

3. Northern Californians may be sitting on top of a powder keg that could blow at any time. At least that's the message coming from the federal investigators who examined PG&E natural gas pipeline network and were astounded to find how shoddy the public utility’s record-keeping is. According to the Chron, federal investigators had no choice but to conclude that much of PG&E gas-line system could be subject to catastrophic failure because the utility has no clue as to the condition of its underground pipes.

4. For the fourth straight year at least half of Californians reported a decline in their personal financial situation, the SacBee reports, citing a new Field Poll. It’s the first time that’s happened in the fifty years that the Field Poll has been asking the question.

5. And should the Metropolitan Transportation Commission gamble $180 million in public funds on San Francisco’s real estate market? The Chronicle editorial board says, “Yes!” The Tribune, by contrast, says “WTF?” MTC is planning on voting on the issue tomorrow.

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