Two San Diego hospitals fined by Dept of Public Health for violations
CBS Channel 8 San Diego
June 1, 2012
...Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Grantville was fined $50,000 for leaving a towel in the abdomen of a 69-year-old woman who underwent gall bladder surgery in 2009, according to the CDPH. Towels were used because of complications during the procedure, and one was left inside her - requiring a second operation in 2010 to retrieve it...
"While these incidents are very uncommon, we take them seriously," Nicoletti said. "We reported the event immediately, and cooperated fully with CDPH's investigation."
[Maura Larkins comment: Perhaps Kaiser figured out it would be unable to cover it up. I have witnessed doctors, nurses and administrators working smoothly together, without batting an eyelash, to cover-up mistakes, including when they force someone to leave the emergency room.]
Kaiser made procedural changes to avoid a repeat of the incident, she said.