The California Department of Public Health reports show three infants at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles got an overdose of the blood thinner Heparin. At Sacramento’s Sierra Vista Hospital a psychiatric patient got 10 times the usual dose of the wrong medicine. And, a patient in Chico and a patient in Fremont died from medication errors.
Kathleen Billingsley is with the California Department of Public Health. She says the state is now issuing $25,000 fines for violations.
Billingsley: “There was a not a monetary fee associated with this prior to January 1 of 2007.”
Beyond medication errors, the state cited Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego for physical and verbal abuse of a patient. Kindred Hospital in Modesto had three violations. One was for a patient who died after getting trapped in the hospital bed rails.