Wrong Site Surgery Malpractice

Rhode Island health officials have ordered the Rhode Island Hospital, the state’s largest hospital, to pay $150,000 and install video monitoring equipment in every operating room after the fifth – three of which were brain surgeries – wrong-site surgery incident since 2007. These are just the ones that we know about.

The Rhode Island Hospital has been fined in the past for wrong-site surgeries. But fines, and I’m sure lawsuits, do not seem to be making much of a change in behavior.