Hospitals fined for endangering patients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 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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