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Orange County hospital under investigation

March 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange County is under state investigation after surgeons performed surgery on the wrong knee.The hospital issued a statement last week acknowledging that an elective operation was done on a patient's right knee instead of the left.

It's not the first operation at Saint Joseph that's been botched.

In 2006, a surgeon drilled into the wrong side of a patient's head to remove a brain tumor, and last year an ear tube was placed in the wrong ear.

A hospital spokesperson is not specifically commenting on the incidents, only saying there were no other complications from errors.

The hospital's chief medical officer says they have begun a top to bottom training program on operating room procedures.

 

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