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Sponge Left in Surgery Patient Leads to Mercy Medical Center Fine

Five hospitals in California received penalties and fines from the Calif. Dept. of Public Health, including Mercy Medical Center of Redding.

Posted: Feb 9, 2019 12:48 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2019 6:38 PM

REDDING, Calif. - This week five hospitals in California received penalities and fines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) after their investigations revealed noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause. serious injury or death to patients in 2017.

One of the five hospitals is Mercy Medical Center in Redding. They were cited for leaving a surgical sponge inside of a patient after a surgery, which led to the death of the patient.

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CDPH officials said the hospital was fined $47,500 after they "failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient."

This penalty and fine is the hospital's second immediate jeopardy administrative penalty from CDPH.

A spokesperson from Mercy Medical Center said the following on Saturday morning:

"Our deepest sympathies goes out to this patient's family. Patient care and safety are always our highest priorities, and we take this matter very seriously. This incident fell short of the high standards to which we hold ourselves. We have conducted a thorough investigation and are working lcosely with the medical staff, patient care staff, and hospital leadership, as well as with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to ensure that an incident like this does not happen again. Mercy Medical Center Redding has submitted a corrective action plan that has been approved by CDPH.

Consistent with patient privacy laws and hospital policy, we respect our patient' privacy by not discussing the specifics of their care."

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