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Marian Regional Medical Center fined for leaving medical instrument inside patient

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The California Department of Public Health has fined Marian Regional Medical Center $28,500 for leaving a bulb syringe in a patient’s abdomen.

A 54-year-old woman underwent surgery at the hospital to remove a tumor from her uterus in April 2014.

All medical instruments were reportedly removed and accounted for after the surgery.

Two weeks later, the patient had a medical visit with a separate surgeon.

The patient reported bruising and pain in her abdomen, as well as vaginal bleeding.

The surgeon reportedly told her it was part of the healing process.

The patient reported increased pain during her six-week visit, and the syringe was discovered. She had surgery to remove the item.

Miscommunication in the operating room apparently resulted in the syringe being left in the woman.

Marian Regional Medical Center released the following statement:

“Patient care and safety are always our highest priority and we take this matter very seriously. This was an isolated incident which occurred in 2014. Since then, procedural changes put in place have been successful and no other patient has experienced this complication.  We conducted a thorough investigation of this matter and have worked closely with the medical staff, patient care staff, and hospital leadership, to ensure that an occurrence like this does not happen again."

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