Nine California Hospitals Fined for Errors

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) — Nine California hospitals have been fined by the state for medical errors that included removing a healthy kidney and giving a baby morphine, officials said.

Overall, the California Department of Public Health has fined 108 hospitals $4.8 million since enactment of an errors law in January 2007, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The nine hospitals fined last year included Parkview Community Hospital, Riverside, which was fined $50,000 after a surgeon removed the wrong kidney from a patient with a kidney tumor, state health officials said in a statement released Thursday. The 72-year-old patient lost his one healthy kidney and was placed on dialysis and sued the surgeon and hospital for negligence.

Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, was fined $50,000 after a nurse inadvertently gave morphine to a newborn when the medication was intended for the baby’s mother. The baby recovered.

The other hospitals fined were in Marin and in San Bernardino, San Diego and Alameda counties.

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