RI hospital commits fifth wrong-site surgery since January 2007

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 4, 2009

Staff members at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, have committed the facility's fifth wrong-site surgery since January 2007, resulting in a $150,000 fine levied by the state's Department of Health, reports The Providence Journal. This is only the second time that the hospital has been fined, the first being after the hospital's third incorrect neurosurgery occurred in 2007. The latest wrong-site surgery involved a procedure done on a patient's incorrect finger.

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