3-time wrong site error nets $50,000 fine for hospital

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A Rhode Island hospital was fined $50,000 in late November after its third incident of wrong site surgery, according to an article by the Associated Press and Yahoo News.

In February 2007, neurosurgery was begun on a patient on the wrong side of his head. The patient was unharmed.

In August, wrong-site brain surgery was performed on a patient. The patient died and the state Department of Health stepped in.

In the latest incident, surgery was begun on the wrong side of an elderly man’s head. He was unharmed.

According to a New York Times article, the top official at the hospital has stepped down following the controversy.

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