Medication errors can be a very serious matter. Such errors can be very harmful to patients. Such errors can sometimes even result in a patient’s death. Thus, one hopes that all medical professionals and medical facilities make sure to not act negligently when it comes to the giving of medications to patients.
Recently, a hospital was fined in relation to a medication error. The hospital in question is a hospital in California.
The error reportedly occurred a couple of years ago, when a woman was undergoing a surgery at the hospital. According to a report by California’s Department of Public Health, during the surgery, the woman was given the wrong medication. Specifically, the woman was mistakenly given a blood-thinning medication rather than the blood-clotting medication that had been ordered. This medication error reportedly resulted in the woman dying.
Reportedly, since this error occurred, the hospital has taken measures aimed at preventing such errors from occurring again.
As we mentioned above, a fine was recently issued against the hospital in connection to the medication error. The fine was issued by California’s Department of Public Health. The amount of the fine is $50,000.
The Daily Breeze article which reported this story did not mention if any lawsuits have been brought or are planned to be brought against the hospital in connection to the medication error.
No patient should have to suffer harm or lose his or her life because a medical professional or medical facility engaged in medication-related negligence. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and medical facilities are held accountable when they commit harmful medication-related negligence against patients.
Source: Daily Breeze, “Kaiser South Bay fined for giving bleeding woman fatal dose of blood thinner,” Sandy Mazza, Dec. 20, 2012
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