County Harbor-UCLA fined for sponge i...

County Harbor-UCLA fined for sponge inside patient

There are 28 comments on the Daily Breeze story from May 20, 2009, titled County Harbor-UCLA fined for sponge inside patient. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

State officials fined County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center $25,000 for leaving a sponge inside a patient after surgery - a mistake that wasn't discovered for nearly a year.

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Jeff

Los Angeles, CA

#1 May 21, 2009
I would not take my dog there
What A Crock in Torrance

Norwalk, CA

#2 May 21, 2009
I recall, a few years back, when being admitted to Harbor-UCLA was like a death threat. You didn't know if you would make it out dead or alive. Is the hospital headed back to the good old days?
tip the waitress

Los Angeles, CA

#3 May 21, 2009
hey torrance memorial sent my mother inlaw home after bi-pas surgery WITHOUT antibiotics and she was a diabetic, guess what she got gangreen inside and died what about that one and someone else i know got a hernia operation and boom left a piece of guaze in him the doctor tried to blame it on someone else right away and his own nurse respones why does he always do that he did it AGIAN SO UCLA NOTS BAD REMEMBER ITS A MEDICAL SCHOOL TOO MORE STATE OF THE ART EQUITMENT..MY MOM HAD CANCER AND SO DID HER FRIEND BUT THE TREATMENTS THOUGH THE UCLA WERE BETTER THAN WHAT MY MOM WAS GETTING AND MY MOM WAS PAYING UP THE BUTT FOR EVERYTHING so dont knock ucla
Victor

Pleasanton, CA

#4 May 21, 2009
Such a terrible hospital..
First Responder

Redlands, CA

#5 May 21, 2009
For the number of patients that Harbor UCLA get and they usually get the sickest of the sickest, they 4 errors since 2007 isn't bad AT ALL! Yes, people die there and yes, they do make terrible mistakes there, but for the most part, they save WAY WAY More than all the hospitals in South Bay combined, I bet.
Illegals are ILLEGAL

Walnut, CA

#6 May 21, 2009
Well maybe if they werent continuely complained to for not hurrying up and seeing patients at are in the ER for a cough and a sore finger.

My mom got excellent care there a few years back, well after waiting in the ER for over 21 hours with a shattered knee cap, and needed surgery. Such a shame but she didnt have insurance at that time and St Marys sent her away. Did I mention she sustained this injury tripping on the huge crack in the sidewalk, yes we sued the city, they covered her bills and agreed to fix all the sidewalks thoroughout the city before a certain date, they did just that.
Dave

Morristown, NJ

#10 May 21, 2009
Two years ago my 24 year old daughter was on the brink of death due to Diabetes complications and I rushed her over to Harbor-UCLA. Four doctors and six nurses worked on her for hours and they saved her life!

I use to think the same thing "oh it's a county hospital therefore it's bad". It's a learning hospital and I have discovered that they have some of the best doctors there.

I think people are quick to judge the hospital because of the type of people that go there such as the homeless, the poor and the uninsured.

Torrance Resident

AOL

#11 May 21, 2009
This is simply a transfer of money from the county to the state. It is the individuals that made the mistake so why aren't they punished for their stupidity? Why does the state get the money instead of those that suffered? This is just for publicity to make it look like the state cares.
King Bobby

Redondo Beach, CA

#14 May 22, 2009
Torrance Resident wrote:
This is simply a transfer of money from the county to the state. It is the individuals that made the mistake so why aren't they punished for their stupidity? Why does the state get the money instead of those that suffered? This is just for publicity to make it look like the state cares.
Why should the patient get money if they are going to the hospital for free service? Harbor Ucla is a teaching hospital and as they say, you get what you pay for.

I would like to know how many millions that the state spends in order to collect that 1.2 million.
First Responder

Redlands, CA

#15 May 22, 2009
King Bobby wrote:
<quoted text>Why should the patient get money if they are going to the hospital for free service? Harbor Ucla is a teaching hospital and as they say, you get what you pay for.
I would like to know how many millions that the state spends in order to collect that 1.2 million.
UCLA, Cedars Sinai and many other hospitals are "teaching" hospitals. Does that mean that all their patients get their services for free? You should know more about the topic before you post or speak.
King Bobby

Redondo Beach, CA

#16 May 23, 2009
First Responder wrote:
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UCLA, Cedars Sinai and many other hospitals are "teaching" hospitals. Does that mean that all their patients get their services for free? You should know more about the topic before you post or speak.
All of Harbor-UCLA patients do not get their services for free. Many of them do get their services free or reduced cost though. You should know more about the topic before you post or speak.
FYI

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#17 May 23, 2009
King Bobby wrote:
<quoted text>All of Harbor-UCLA patients do not get their services for free. Many of them do get their services free or reduced cost though. You should know more about the topic before you post or speak.
Every hospital in this city gives services for free and/or reduced costs. Each and every one handles the uninsured and underinsured. That is a very big part of why this healthcare system is in a steep nosedive. Until our country figures out a way to fully insure every LEGAL person, we'll be headed for a crash-and, it ain't gonna be pretty. Single payer system. The only plausible answer. Why won't they allow the single payer advocates at the table????
Captain Crunch

United States

#18 May 23, 2009
Harbor-UCLA sucks. They use safety police as security!
Harbor 411

Corona Del Mar, CA

#19 May 23, 2009
Harbor-UCLA sucks and should be closed down.
Don Scooter Knabe

Irvine, CA

#20 Sep 16, 2009
may 23rd was last entry
could it be that peole ran into ann coulter bill clinton harbor ucla?
is it possible that paksitan in the year 2020
how will bill clinton be rememeberd in history
kim goldman divorce
google george w bush robinson helicopter
robinson helicopter harbor ucla
harbor ucla terrorism...
it is getting spread around like swine flu???
Luis Rodriguez

Venice, CA

#22 Nov 17, 2009
james inhofe
me limpio el culo contigo pend#jo de mierda...
me limpio el culo con todos los republicanos y su pend#jada con la religion. vayanse a la p#ta madre que los pario.
conservativos? mierda!
nadamas que saben matar y comer mierda con la biblia...
benjamin netanyahu,
tu tambien te vaz al cono de tu p#ta madre
Kelly

Hereford, AZ

#23 Nov 17, 2009
Don Scooter Knabe wrote:
may 23rd was last entry
could it be that peole ran into ann coulter bill clinton harbor ucla?
is it possible that paksitan in the year 2020
how will bill clinton be rememeberd in history
kim goldman divorce
google george w bush robinson helicopter
robinson helicopter harbor ucla
harbor ucla terrorism...
it is getting spread around like swine flu???
This sounds like Mario Nitrini, how does any of your above post relate to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and why do you refer to this as "harbor ucla terrorism"?
Luis Rodriguez

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#24 Nov 18, 2009
Kelly wrote:
<quoted text>
This sounds like Mario Nitrini, how does any of your above post relate to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and why do you refer to this as "harbor ucla terrorism"?
i am a former employee at harbor ucla.
cal in-patient pharmacy and ask to talk to wes kamikawa, director of pharmacy, he will confirm
then ask and inform the fbi, homeland security, and send a thoughtful email to
[email protected]
and [email protected]
ask them ALL about my phone call to the fbi office in la off the 405, on 12/12/98.ask them why my civil rights were violated so brazenly so that bill and hillary clinton could hijack the white house.
make sure you tell the fbi that i had been in contact with pakistan's isi for a long time, inciting them NOT to cooperate in america's bogus war on terrorism, when their agents were almost blown to bits in pakistan in march of last year.
Kelly

Hereford, AZ

#25 Nov 18, 2009
Luis Rodriguez wrote:
<quoted text>
i am a former employee at harbor ucla.
cal in-patient pharmacy and ask to talk to wes kamikawa, director of pharmacy, he will confirm ......
OK then, take care of yourself.
gloria

United States

#26 Nov 18, 2009
People should thank God for Harbor/ UCLA. Despite all it's faults, we who are uninsured and unable to afford the exorbitant charges levied by private hospitals have somewhere we can go when we need medical care.I've always received excellent care there. All hospitals screw up, rich or poor.

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