San Diego Hospitals Fined For Preventable Mistakes

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Health care regulators say they have fined four
San Diego-area hospitals $25,000 each for preventable mistakes that
led to the death of one patient.

In one incident, a staffer failed to turn on a ventilator, causing a heart patient to die. In another, a patient fell off a tilted operating table during surgery.

The incidents occurred at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa,
Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, Pomerado Hospital in Poway and
Promise Hospital in San Diego.
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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,
http://www.signonsandiego.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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