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St. Joseph’s Hospital MRSA Infection Not Recorded On Death Certificate

According to materials examined by Hearst reporters and graduate students at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, medical professionals are not always truthful on death certificates. Especially so where the true cause of death may trigger a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit, or where the true cause of death may lead to scrutiny from the New York State Department and/or Center for Disease Control.

In most cases, relevant information about a patient’s death was left off of the death certificate. An example includes the death of Norine Zazzara, 81, who died at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York. According to her death certificate, she died of pneumonia. However, her medical records revealed that she had contracted MRSA while admitted for leg swelling, which led to pneumonia, ventilator respiration and eventually death. MRSA was omitted from Ms. Zazzara’s death certificate.

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