State fines Marin General $25,000 for...

State fines Marin General $25,000 for failing to remove sponge ...

There are 22 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Mar 3, 2009, titled State fines Marin General $25,000 for failing to remove sponge .... In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

A state health agency has fined Marin General Hospital $25,000 for its failure to remove a sponge from a patient after an emergency abdominal surgery conducted in late 2007.

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#21 Mar 6, 2009
You are all so off track here! First of all, yes, there does need to be someone who can crack the whip at MGH. They haven't had anyone like that in many years and in some ways, the place has gone amuck!
As far as Dr.Hanna goes. He does have a gift. He did my Dad's bypass when there weren't even 5 year success rates for the procedure. My father never had another heart problem for the following 30 years. He was on the table less than 2 hours and out of ICU in 2 days. Yes, mistakes happen but, it doesn't necessarily mean you have committed malpractice. You just simply pay up. It's why OB doctors always get blamed if the baby has any problem whatsoever and it is why their insurance is so high. Remember when Bush stated that "OB doctors are unable to practice their love with women"?...
For those of you "lay people", the practice of medicine is hard. It is not like other jobs where your feet are up on your desk all day, or you are searching the internet, twittering, or IMing your BFF. We work and we work with many, many regulations every day. Continuing education, new, complex equipment to learn, new instruments, drugs.
It is work that only highly trained people can do. You don't walk in off the street. So, cut the judgement because none of you could do it for even one day. For one can't stand the sight of blood.

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#22 Apr 22, 2009
In case you think Marin General is some kind of magnet for mistakes......

July 20, 2006...Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million People and Cost Billions of Dollars Annually; Report Offers Comprehensive Strategies for Reducing Drug-Related Mistakes

WASHINGTON -- Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3.5 billion a year, and this estimate does not take into account lost wages and productivity or additional health care costs, the report says.....

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