Friday, November 6, 2009

More on the RI hospital fined for 5th surgery on wrong part of the body

Yesterday I posted a note on the news that a Rhode Island hospital has been fined by the state after it was reported that its surgical staff performed surgery on the wrong part of the body of a patient. This was the fifth time this same thing had happened in two years. After the third incident, the hospital was fined $50,000 and ordered ordered to tighten up its procedures and required to report to the state every time a doctor fails to follow the rules. The hospital reportedly also took unspecified ‘corrective action’ against the doctors and nurses. Evidently, that was not enough to prevent two more incidents. Now the hospital has been fined $150,000. Here is another article on this from The PopTort blog

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