No patient should have to be subjected to surgical errors (such as surgical objects being left behind). Thus, it is very important for medical professionals and medical facilities to make sure to avoid engaging in negligent conduct which could result in such errors occurring.

Recently, a hospital in California was issued a penalty in connection to an alleged surgical error.

The error allegedly occurred during a surgery a woman underwent at the hospital in 2007. The surgery in question was a hysterectomy.

It has been alleged that the hospital and its staff acted negligently during this surgery and that this alleged negligence resulted in a surgical sponge being left inside of the woman. The Ventura County Star article which reported this story did not have any details regarding what specific impacts having the sponge left behind inside of her had on the woman.

Reportedly, the sponge’s presence inside the woman was discovered during a surgery the woman underwent in 2011. The sponge was removed during this surgery.

As we mentioned above, a penalty has recently been issued against the hospital in connection to the 2007 incident. The penalty in question is a $25,000 fine. The penalty was issued by the California Department of Public Health. Reportedly, the hospital does not plan to appeal the fine.

Surgical errors like the one that allegedly occurred at the above-mentioned hospital can be very harmful to patients. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and medical facilities make sure to act properly when providing patients with surgical care.

Source: Ventura County Star, “Simi Valley Hospital fined by state for surgery error,” Tom Kisken, Aug. 30, 2012

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