The California Department of Public Health has fined ten hospitals for
medical errors that resulted in injuries or death to a patient. The penalties totaled
$785,000 and related to mistakes ranging from foreign objects left in
the body after surgery to medication administration errors.
“The value of the fines is bringing awareness both to the healthcare
industry and healthcare providers but also to consumers,” Debby
Rogers, deputy director of the department’s Center for Healthcare
Four of the ten hospitals fined were Kaiser facilities. In San Diego, the
Kaiser Foundation hospital was penalized for failing to follow established
surgical policies and procedures.
DPH documents, the hospital removed the wrong kidney from a patient. The medical records
of patient indicated that the left kidney was the organ that had been
previously identified over a four-year period to have a suspected cancerous
tumor mass. However, surgeons removed the right kidney. It was the hospital’s
second administrative penalty.
For more on surgical errors, please stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.
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