$4.7 million award for surgeon against Cedars Sinai upheld

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 1, 2011

A California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles upheld a $4.7 million arbitration award to a skull surgeon in his five-year litigation against Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in which he claimed that the hospital endangered patients’ lives.

Hrayr Shahinian, MD, alleged that the hospital failed to properly sterilize surgical equipment and did not supply him with replacement tools that the brain surgeries required. He claimed staff used flash sterilization methods to clean instruments, failing to clean them properly. Shahinian said brain matter was found on instruments in numerous instances.

Source: HealthLeaders Media.