R.I. Hospital fined $50,000 for wrong-site surgery

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health said today that it has issued a reprimand to Rhode Island Hospital and fined the facility $50,000 for its third wrong-site surgery this year. The surgery, which occurred Friday, involved an 82-year-old patient in the neurosurgical intensive-care unit, the hospital said in a statement. A resident was performing…

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  1. Travelling Trouble

    From the Immediate Compliance Order:
    ?The hospital Risk Manager stated the nurse was a travel nurse and not familiar with the procedure.?
    http://www.health.ri.gov/media/20071126RIHosp.pdf – p 3.

    Hospital procedeures are necessarily becoming more complex. In addition, they tend to be unique to a given environment. Financial pressures and recruitment problems are making the use of “Travellers” more common. Despite their general competency, there can be a prolem with failing to follow hospital procedure, such as in this case, where procedure apparently called for the nurse to independently check and sign off on the correctness of the site.
    Unfortunately, the compliance order does not address this problem.

    William T Blessum, MD JD – wblessum.com