Hospital Fined $75,000 for Surgical Error

Sharpe Memorial Hospital has been fined $75,000 by California medical regulators for a serious surgical mistake. The case involved a surgeon who made an incision on the right side of a patient’s groin only to realize that the surgery was to be performed on the left side due to an abnormal lesion on the patient’s left testicle. During the investigation, the surgeon admitted that he hadn’t been paying attention and blamed a lack of focus for the medical error. This wasn’t the first medical error for the San Diego hospital. “Sharp was the only local facility among 10 hospitals statewide fined a total of $675,000 for medical errors that caused, or were likely to cause, the serious injury or death of a patient. The Sharp incident was the second time the state has fined a local hospital for a wrong site surgery in less than a year. In December, the regulator fined Kaiser Permanente of San Diego $75,000 for mistakenly removing an 85-year-old man’s right kidney in 2010, even though a CT scan indicated that it was his left kidney that contained a cancerous tumor. In that case, the state found that the surgeon failed to look at a CT scan to confirm which kidney was cancerous before starting the procedure.”