5 Southland hospitals fined for safety standards violations

LOS ANGELES

St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton was fined $100,000 for failing to follow surgical policies. The fine was the fourth administrative penalty for the hospital.

UC Irvine Medical Center was fined $75,000 after a surgical team left a foreign object inside a patient, resulting in a second surgery to retrieve the object.

California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles received a $75,000 fine for failing to follow proper procedures during a cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It was the second administrative penalty for the hospital.

Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles was fined $50,000 for not following cardiac monitoring policies. It's the first administrative penalty for the hospital.

Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center was fined $25,000 for not following policies relating to the competency of a nurse. It was the third administrative penalty for the hospital.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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