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Drill Bit Left In Patient

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 5:43am

(AP) A surgeon and other staff have been suspended and public health officials have launched an investigation after a piece of a surgical drill bit was left inside a patient's head following a procedure at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital says a roughly quarter-inch long piece broke off and was left in a patient's scalp during neurosurgery on August 4.

The piece was discovered and removed on Aug. 6 without incident, according to the hospital, and the incident was reported to the state Department of Health. WPRI-TV reports that the hospital suspended the doctor and operating room staff. Their names were not released.

The same hospital was fined $50,000 after brain surgeons operated on the wrong part of the heads of three patients in 2007.

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