UCSF Medical Center, SF General Fined for Surgical Screw-Ups

UCSF Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital have both been fined tens of thousands of dollars for operating-room mishaps, the California Department of Public Health announced today.

The two are among 14 major hospitals against which state health officials issued sanctions, including top-flight medical facilities such as Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. UCSF itself was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the seventh-best hospital in the country and best in Northern California.

UCSF was fined $75,000 for a surgeon's mistaken incision near a patient's eye, while General was fined $50,000 for a flub that resulted in a woman having only part of her breast removed when she was supposed to get a full mastectomy.

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