Tuesday, December 17 2013 8:16 AM EST2013-12-17 13:16:36 GMT
We now know it was multiple problems in the air filtration system at Dorn VA Medical Center that closed the hospital's operating rooms, causing the review of more than a thousand surgical cases.On Monday,More >>
We now know it was multiple problems in the air filtration system at Dorn VA Medical Center that closed the hospital's operating rooms, causing the review of more than a thousand surgical cases.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General calls practices at Dorn VA Medical Center "fragmented and inconsistent," while pointing out high turnover in the hospital's leadership.
A confidential complaint was filed outlining 12 case examples alleging poor surgical quality of care, violations of VA policies related to patient privacy, contaminated surgical trays and weak surgical oversight and administrative controls.
In the 31-page report, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General said inspectors witnessed some of the issues while visiting the facility. OIG made six multi-day visits to Dorn VA starting in February 2013.
One of the areas the report outlines is the infection control program, which ranks the center 127th out of 128 on the Heathcare-Associated infection and Patient Safety Indicator. Equipment that was supposed to be pre-cleaned was found to still be covered in blood and debris. When technicians were questions why the equipment wasn't pre-cleaned, inspectors were told by an employee, "He did not have time to pre-clean."
Dorn VA has also not been reporting required monthly data to local and state health departments on diseases and other illnesses.
In the past three years, Dorn VA has had eight chiefs of medicine, nine chiefs of mental health, and five quality managers. In addition, the report outlines that some surgery clinics were not adequately staffed by nursing and support personnel.
The OIG report indicated the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine pulled its general surgery residency program because there was no attending physician. In February 2013, the OIG reports said three general surgeons were on staff, who were in charge of supervising students. However, within weeks, one general surgeon left on extended sick leave and another "abruptly retired." The third part-time surgeon resigned. In addition, a vascular surgeon and a cardiothoracic surgeon couldn't complete surgeries because their practices were under review at the time.
The general surgeries program is still in jeopardy at Dorn VA because of the lack of general surgeons.
Inspectors also found that surgery clinics were not adequately staffed by nursing and support personnel.
Dorn VA responded to the OIG's recommendations and says it has fixed some of the issues.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>