Sacramento hospital fined $50,000 for patient's death

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 14, 2014


The California Department of Health has fined Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento $50,000 for failing to failing to ensure the health and safety of a drunk patient who fell and hit his head and later died, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The paper reported the unidentified patient, who reportedly appeared inebriated, had fallen in the emergency department, hitting his head and sustaining life-threatening injuries. He had been taken to the hospital by paramedics earlier. After the fall in the emergency department, a nurse reportedly failed to get medical attention for the patient, who later died in the hospital of multiple head and brain injuries.
The Health Department also fined two other hospitals California hospitals, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Alta Bates Campus in Berkeley, which must pay $175,000, and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs $50,000, but the report did not specify how those two facilities were involved in the case.