Investigation: Johns Hopkins hospitals don’t follow safety rules

Johns Hopkins doctors invented a checklist that has saved thousands of lives, but they sometimes fail to follow the principles themselves, according to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times.

Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital and its five sister hospitals have been accused of making preventable errors or skirting safety rules in at least nine recent cases, according to the report. Namely, operating rooms in Bethesda, Maryland, were not being properly cleaned, though operations continued.

The healthcare organization previously came under fire after pediatric mortality rates rose at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Tampa Bay Times found the number of deaths for heart surgeries at the hospital tripled from 2015 to 2017, resulting in several resignations of executives.

The revelations come as Johns Hopkins has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the United States.

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