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More fines for California hospit ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:20pm

More fines for California hospitals....BD 

An elderly heart patient being treated at Washington Hospital in Fremont last summer died after she was mistakenly given methadone and other medications typically used to treat drug addicts, state officials revealed Thursday.

The hospital was one of 11 in California, including the Los Angeles hospital which treated the twin babies of actor Dennis Quaid, cited and fined for medical errors that injured or caused the death of patients in their care.The $25,000 maximum penalty issued to Washington Hospital came after the 87-year-old woman was given another patient's methadone and desipramine - medications frequently prescribed to treat drug addictions - as well as at least two other medicines not intended for her, state records show. The woman, who health officials have not identified, went into respiratory and cardiac distress and died on August 19.

Hospital in Fremont fined for fatal error; Los Angeles hospital cited in case involving actor Dennis Quaid's twins - San Jose Mercury News

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