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 SFGate.com.
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)
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.