RI hospital commits fifth wrong-site surgery since January 2007

Staff members at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, have committed the facility's fifth wrong-site surgery since January 2007, resulting in a $150,000 fine levied by the state's Department of Health, reports The Providence Journal.

According to the article, this is only the second time that the hospital has been fined, the first being after the hospital's third incorrect neurosurgery occurred in 2007. The latest wrong-site surgery involved a procedure done on a patient's incorrect finger.

In an order imposed Monday, the Health Department reprimanded the hospital, mandated observation of every surgery for a year, required full adoption of the statewide surgical protocol and required installation of video and audio monitoring in every operating room. Monday’s order also imposed the fine –– only the second time that the state has fined a hospital. The first time was in 2007 when the state fined Rhode Island Hospital $50,000 for the third wrong-site neurosurgery that year.


(SOURCES: HCPro Patient Safety Monitor, http://hcpro.com, November 4, 2009; The Providence Journal, http://projo.com, accessed November 6, 2009)