|Title:||Deficiencies in the Care of a Patient Who Died at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia|
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Healthcare Inspections
|Report Type:||Hotline Healthcare Inspection
The OIG conducted a healthcare inspection at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia (facility) to evaluate the adequacy of a patient’s outpatient care in the months prior to surgery and during preoperative and postoperative care. After surgery, the patient was admitted for orthostatic hypotension and physical deconditioning and placed under hospice care. The patient subsequently suffered alcohol withdrawal and declining health, and died in the intensive care unit.