Roaches in the OR?! Doctors sound alarm on horrendous conditions at HCA hospital in Florida in second NBC Nightly News exposé

Doctors at HCA Florida Bayonet Point in Hudson, Florida are alleging that HCA’s cost-cutting led to significant declines in patient care quality in a shocking NBC News exposé.

Allegations include unsanitary surgical instruments, an overflowing ER, roaches in the OR, inadequate monitoring of ICU patients (including one aneurysm patient who died leading after receiving no nursing care for 12 hours), and anesthesiology errors that resulted in a patient waking up during brain surgery.

Last month, NBC News exposed systemwide low staffing and related patient care failures at HCA hospitals, based on SEIU’s groundbreaking report.

The report suggests that low staffing at HCA hospitals – 30% below the national average – may be part of a corporate strategy to boost profits that is jeopardizing patient care and worsening frontline worker burnout and turnover at HCA.