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Hospitals fined for endangering patients

May 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Thirteen California hospitals have been fined by the state Department of Public Health for endangering patients. Seven of those hospitals are in Southern California.One of the hospitals fined is Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, where a patient had to undergo a second operation to have a foreign object removed.

Brotman Medical Center in Culver City and Saint Francis Medical Center in Lynwood were cited for failure to ensure safe and effective use of medications.

St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton was fined for not following its surgical policy. One of their patients had to have a second operation to remove a foreign object that remained after the first procedure.

Whittier Hospital Medical Center in Whittier was fined for failing to correctly identify a patient before a surgical procedure.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Hollywood was cited for not following its blood transfusion policies.

UCI Medical Center in Irvine was fined for two cases. One case involved failure to follow policies for fall prevention, which jeopardized the health and safety of a patient. The second case involved an alleged physical assault on a patient. The hospital was fined for violating its policy in the timing of the investigation.

Each violation carries a $25,000 fine.

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