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14 hospitals rack up $850k in fines for dangerous errors

California recently fined 14 hospitals a total of $850,000 for a variety of errors that put patients at risk. 

The highest penalty of $100,000 was assessed on two hospitals:  Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, and  Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. In both cases, patients needed to have second operations performed to remove retained foreign objects after staff didn’t follow proper procedures.

The rest of the penalties were for $50,000 or $25,000. Most were for failure to follow surgical procedure or failing to implement appropriate policies for the safe administration of medication.

You can read the news release — with links to the individual reports for each incident at the California Department of Public Health.

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  1. Sounds to me like these hospitals got off with a slap on the back of the hand. $100,000 is chump change for a hospital especially after “a retained foreign object” scenario. No wonder businesses aren’t learning anything. That would be like me getting fined $1.00 for a speeding ticket. It would have just about that much impact.