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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

California hospital fined after taking out a woman’s ovaries by accident

A hospital in California is being sued for the accidental removal of a woman’s ovaries. The Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif., has been fined $47,450 by health officials, reported Catherine Ho of
Doctors at Sequoia were supposed to remove the patient’s appendix, fallopian tubes, and uterus during surgery in February 2016; however, due to a mistake in the hospital’s surgical schedule, the patient’s ovaries were taken out. The patient, according to the report by the California Department of Public Health, will require lifelong estrogen replacement therapy as a result. The report did not mention the patient’s name and age, nor did it mention if the ovaries were removed instead of, or in addition to, the appendix, fallopian tubes, and uterus.

“The care and safety of our patients and staff are the highest priority at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital and we take this matter very seriously. After self-reporting this event to the CDPH, we fully cooperated during their investigation and immediately took steps to ensure this never happens again, including revising protocols and staff re-education,” said a spokeswoman for Dignity Health, a Northern California health system.
In an announcement by the California Department of Public Health, the agency has stated the fine against Sequoia Hospital is one of 17 civil penalties filed against 14 California hospitals. All of the penalties, which total $1.1 million all in all, concerned incidents that have caused serious injury or death. (Related: Brain Surgeons Can’t Tell Left from Right: Third Operating Mistake on Wrong Side of Patient’s Head)
Out of the 14 hospitals, four of them, including Sequoia Hospital, are in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two of the hospitals, St. Luke’s Campus and Kaiser Foundation Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center, are located in San Francisco. The other, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, is located in Napa.

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