Breaking Bad News: Docs Operate On Wrong Side For 3rd Time

PROVIDENCE, R.I. breaking bad news — The Rhode Island Department of Health has fined Rhode Island Hospital $50,000 after a third doctor performed brain surgery on the wrong side of a patient’s head.

Health Department director David Gifford issued a statement saying he was “extremely concerned about this continuing pattern” at the hospital.

The hospital said it was re-evaluating its training and policies, providing more oversight, and giving nursing staff the power to ensure procedures are followed.

The Health Department said the most recent incident happened Friday when the chief resident started operating on the wrong side of an 82-year-old patient’s brain. Officials said the patient was OK.A patient died after a previous mistake.

[Via - Local6.Com]

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