California hospitals fined over medical mistakes

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Six hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have been fined by state health officials for mistakes during surgery and other care that harmed patients — and in one case led to death.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1pkvESq ) that the penalties came as part of a broad enforcement action by the California Department of Public Health.

The biggest fine of $200,000 was issued to Southwest Healthcare System after a female patient fell when nobody was watching. The woman, who was a patient at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, died as a result of bleeding in the brain.

A patient at the same hospital had gauze left in him after receiving a pacemaker.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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