At Least 21 Israeli Corona Deaths Caused by Medical Malpractice

July 9, 2020

2 min read

Some covid-19 patients on respirators died not because of their illness but rather due to grave negligence and significant failures made by an unskilled nursing staff reports Yisrael Hayom. The deaths all took place in a special corona ward at Wolfson Hospital in Holon where the patients in critical condition were being treated. The shocking revelation was noted in a memo entitled “Lessons and Conclusions” of an internal audit of patient care. The report was coordinated by Dr. Ari Soroksky, director of the ICU at the Wolfson Hospital.

Soroksky stressed that he wrote the letter because after calling a meeting to learn lessons from the care provided to covid patients, no representatives from the institution’s office were present. The meeting was intended to refine, change, and improve “future challenges for the upcoming winter.”
He warned that “in the near future, we will not be able to deal with a double outbreak of both the seasonal flu and corona. He added that a wave of many patients needing respirators should be readied.” Soroksky also emphasized that “several critical issues should be improved” adding that if they’re not, it will increase the death count.

“Unskilled staff”

The covid-19 patients at Wolfson Hospital were cared for in a special ward established in the middle of March. There, doctors and nurses from the Internal Medicine department were accompanied by medical staff from the General Intensive Care Unit. Approximately 120 patients were treated in the ward. Roughly 30 of them required ventilation and 21 died.
But according to Soroksky, one of the serious issues with the care in the ward was that an “unskilled nursing staff cared for the severely ill and respiratory patients,” adding that “no intensive care would be successful without the combination of a qualified nursing staff in the ICU. Doctors depend on quality nurses, work hand in hand and one cannot succeed without the other.”
Soroksky lamented that during the first wave of covid-19 “we suffered greatly from a shortage of senior and experienced ICU nurses, and had to divide our time between the usual tasks of responding to the other hospital patients and the care for the Corona patients.”

He said that the inability of the nursing staff in the Corona Ward at the hospital “caused failures in the ongoing care and supervision of patients” adding that “in my 25 years of intensive care, I never encountered such errors, and the occurrence of such errors reveals extremely poor skill and professionalism.”

Soroksky highlights one incident where a corona patient was recovering from the respirator and a nurse fed him incorrectly, The patient then choked to death when the food got stuck in his esophagus.
Oddly, that patient’s cause of death was listed as ‘coronavirus’.

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