Hospital fined for mistakenly removing woman's ovaries...

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The fine against Sequoia, which is owned by the Northern California health system Dignity Health, is one of 17 civil penalties lodged against 14 California hospitals for incidents that caused serious injury or death. Doctors at Sequoia were supposed to remove the patient’s uterus, fallopian tubes and appendix during a February 2016 surgery, but mistakenly removed her ovaries, according to a report from the California Department of Public Health. "The care and safety of our patients and staff are the highest priority at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital and we take this matter very seriously," a Dignity Health spokeswoman said in an email. After self-reporting this event to the CDPH, we fully cooperated during their investigation and immediately took steps to ensure this never happens again, including revising protocols and staff re-education. St. Luke’s, an affiliate of Sutter Health, was fined $47,450 after a female patient fell in 2015 while under the care of hospital staff, hit her head, underwent brain surgery and died, according to the report. In response to these incidents, and to ensure such situations never occur again, we immediately investigated their root cause, evaluated our processes and implemented systemic improvements and training for our nurses, physicians, and staff.

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