Hospital Performs Brain Surgery in the Wrong Side Third Time

Last Revised on November 28, 2007

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A hospital in Rhode Island performed brain surgery on the wrong side for the third time this year. The State Department find the hospital with $50,000 and reprimanded it. But is it really enough? This is the third time they did this. The doctor who performed the brain surgery was actually the chief resident of the hospital. The patient was 82 years old, but he remained Ok after the wrong surgery.

In February, a different doctor performed neurosurgery on the wrong side of another patient’s head. That patient was also OK, she said. A patient died a few weeks after a third doctor performed brain surgery on the wrong side of his head. That surgery prompted the state to order the hospital to take a series of steps to ensure such a mistake would not happen again, including an independent review of its neurosurgery practices and better verification from doctors of surgery plans.

In a written statement, Rhode Island Hospital said it was working with the Department of Health to minimize the risk of medical errors. “We are committed to continuing to evaluate and implement changes to our policies to help ensure these human errors are caught before they reach the patient,” the statement read.

The hospital said it was re-evaluating its training and policies, providing more oversight, giving nursing staff the power to ensure procedures are followed, and other steps. In addition to the fine, the state ordered the hospital to develop a neurosurgery checklist that includes information about the location of the surgery and a patient’s medical history, and to put in place a plan to train staff on the new checklist.

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