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Four county hospitals, including Scripps Green, fined by Public Health

Four hospitals in San Diego County were among nine fined by the state Department of Public Health for procedural deficiencies that caused, or were likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients, it was announced Thursday.

The fines ranged from $50,000 to $75,000 for each incident, according to the CDPH.

The following hospitals in San Diego County received penalties:

  • Pomerado Hospital in Poway for an incident in which a patient was seated in a hospital-style recliner chair that tipped over and was not equipped with an alarm;
  • Rady Children’s Hospital for administering an incorrect dosage of medication to a 3-year-old;
  • Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla for incorrectly inserting a catheter during surgery, and a second instance for failing to properly clean a piece of surgical equipment; and
  • Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, where a patient’s oxygen mask ignited due to an electrical current from a surgical device and caused burns.

The hospitals have 10 days to appeal the fines, according to the CDPH. In addition to the penalties, the hospitals must submit a plan of correction to prevent similar incidents in the future.