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Medical Errors Draw $770,000 in Fines in CA

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 4, 2014

"Patient 1 was found at 12:08 AM unresponsive and a code was called. The leads and telemetry box were attached to the patient but they were not reading the cardiac rhythm because the battery was dead," the state investigation report said. A registered nurse interviewed by investigators was watching the screen for cardiac rhythms for patients, but "saw no red alarm (indicating a critical cardiac rhythm.). The screen was blank, like no patient was there."

This is the hospital's second administrative penalty.

2. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Fountain Valley
County:
Orange
Penalty: $75,000
A patient under care in the cardiac catheterization lab died from head injuries due to a fall because staff were not "validated to be competent" to apply a pressure device that required the patient be turned side-to-side.

While the patient was turned to her right side for the application of the pressure device, on a table described as "narrow and slippery," her "head, shoulders and chest slipped down off the table. The upper body of the patient fell to the floor. The patient hit her head and sustained a subdural hematoma?[and] passed away two days later."

This is the hospital's fourth administrative penalty.

3. Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, Garden Grove
County: Orange
Penalty: $50,000

A patient died from an overdose of a powerful sedative after mishearing the physician's order and failing to read it back according to policy.

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