CA hospitals fined for Endangering Patients

According to the Associated Press, California health officials have fined 12 hospitals $785,000 for mistakes that endangered patients.

The California Department of Public Health announced fines Thursday for hospitals including those located in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

Some of the fines involved incidents where patients had objects left inside them after operations and had to undergo additional surgery. Others involved wrongly administered medications. In one case, investigators said a doctor’s improper use of a laser device caused or likely caused a patient’s death. In another, a doctor removed the wrong kidney from a patient.

The fines ranged from $10,000 to $100,000.

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